Welcome to the 7th Annual 12 Days of Broadband
MCNC is pleased to bring you once again the 12 Days of Broadband throughout the month of December.
The 12 Days of Broadband between Dec. 7 and Dec. 22 features a dozen broadband innovations impacting communities in North Carolina and across America as well as preview what’s to come in 2018.
Now in its seventh year, the 12 Days of Broadband annually showcases how investments in network bandwidth and security in North Carolina can help ensure citizens are prepared for today’s interconnected economy. The North Carolina Research and Education Network, or NCREN, has provided the broadband infrastructure to connect North Carolina citizens to the path of success for more than three decades. The expanded network of today is 2,700 miles spanning virtually every county in North Carolina. NCREN users today include, but not limited to, all 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina System, all 58 North Carolina Community Colleges, all 115 K-12 public school districts as well as a growing number of charter and private schools, the majority of the state’s private colleges and universities, several non-profit and public health care facilities, public safety agencies, museums, libraries, and most of the state’s premier research organizations.
We hope you enjoy this year’s 12 Days of Broadband. You can follow and participate in the 12 Days of Broadband all month on social media using #MCNC12Days or on Twitter at @MCNC.
MCNC continued to provide value and benefit for North Carolina in 2017. MCNC named Edward Carney as the new chairman of the MCNC Board of Directors on July 1. Hope Williams was named vice chair. MCNC also made some strategic shifts to several executive committees and working groups. With sound financials and an eye on the future, MCNC is making focused efforts to ensure the network we provide and the services we offer meet or exceed the needs of the NCREN community in the years to come. Read more
This summer MCNC introduced a unique hashtag and campaign: #CapontheMove. You sent us photos of the official MCNC cap from Paris, San Francisco, Michigan, Charleston, up in the air above Greenville, during the solar eclipse in August, and throughout the great state of North Carolina. Check out some the cap sightings you shared. Read more
More than 1,000 people were at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) on Aug. 21 to witness this year's total solar eclipse - by the far the largest event in PARI’s history. MCNC's western data center housed inside the PARI Research Building provided the level of connectivity on NCREN that was a key component to extending PARI's eclipse program and research capabilities to a broader segment of the population. Read more
In May, at the Broadband Communities Summit event in Dallas, Texas, Raleigh Digital Connectors was selected as one of six winners of the 2017 Digital Inclusion Leadership Award, presented by Next Century Cities and Google Fiber. Raleigh Digital Connectors was recognized in the Leader in Digital Inclusion Best Practices category. Read more
North Carolina is now able better able to identify and address places that lack reliable Internet service using a new tool launched in May by the North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s (DIT) Broadband Infrastructure Office. People now are able to use the interactive mapping tool to report whether they have access at their home or business and to determine the speeds received at their address. Read more
Technology and broadband connectivity play a massive role in the everyday lives of North Carolina citizens. Smart broadband for North Carolina starts with MCNC, and we continue to transform into an organization that provides not just high-speed, broadband networking on NCREN but other value-added services and technology solutions for many key education and business verticals across the state. One of the ways MCNC accomplishes its mission is by providing an innovative work environment for staff, demonstrating a commitment to each employee’s well-being as well as professional development. Read more
In July, Jessica Brooke Woodard from Johnston County Schools participated in North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s Teachers@Work, a joint initiative between NCBCE and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that links education and the business community to help teachers create relevance between their classroom curriculum and the skill sets needed by local businesses. MCNC also supports NCBCE’s annual job shadowing and mentoring initiative, Students@Work. In March, MCNC welcomed students from Brogden Middle School in Durham as part of that program. Read more
MCNC Chief Technology Strategist Mark Johnson was selected in January to represent the national R&E networking community on a working group within the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The BDAC is intended to provide a means for stakeholders with interests in this area to exchange ideas and develop recommendations to enhance the FCC’s ability to carry out its responsibility to encourage broadband deployment to all Americans. Read more
In 2017, MCNC continued in the tradition of staying connected with customers and the NCREN community. This year we launched an upgraded website that now includes a blog feature. We also introduced Digital Connections, MCNC's official e-newsletter designed to share updates, news and upcoming events. And, of course, we continue to connect with you in real-time using social media channels. MCNC will continue its commitment to providing operational excellence in all its work as well as supporting the entire ecosystem of high-function broadband Internet. To do that, MCNC Communications constantly looks at ways to improve by creating actionable objectives in managing and orchestrating our messaging while identifying the best ways to reach you. Read more
MCNC’s signature event, NCREN Community Day, will return in November 2019, at which time we will observe the 35th anniversary of the North Carolina Research and Education Network. Interspersed between now and then, we are organizing several opportunities to show our appreciation to you; one of which will be our 2018 Open House event scheduled for Thursday, April 19, on the MCNC campus. Read more
The Quello Center at Michigan State University, with the leadership of Merit Network in Michigan and working in collaboration with five other non-profit research and education networks including MCNC, released findings this year for wireless solutions to better connect communities and institutions in a new report: Wireless Innovation for Last Mile Access, or WILMA. Read more
On the first day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we explore several key steps MCNC employed this year to boost cybersecurity efforts for NCREN users. From the installation of scrubbing centers for DDoS protection and mitigation, achieving SOC II data center certification and partnering with Zscaler for cloud-based security solutions to thought leadership on having good organizational cyber hygiene, MCNC continues to build a comprehensive defense against Internet-based threats and risks. Read more