Welcome to the 8th Annual 12 Days of Broadband
The 12 Days of Broadband are back!
From Dec. 6 to Dec. 21, The 12 Days of Broadband features a dozen stories on how broadband positively impacts communities in North Carolina and beyond as well as preview what’s to come in 2019.
Now in its eighth year, the 12 Days of Broadband annually showcases how investments in network infrastructure, bandwidth, valued-added services, 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 a superior broadband network to connect North Carolina citizens to the path of success for 35 years. The expanded network of today is 3,700 miles spanning virtually every county in North Carolina. MCNC’s world-class network and operational expertise provides critical internet connectivity and other important networking services for more than 750 community anchor institutions including all 115 K-12 public school districts, more than 130 charter schools, a growing number of private schools, all 58 community colleges, and more than 50 universities and colleges throughout the state including the 17 campuses of the UNC System, several non-profit and public health care facilities, public safety agencies, museums, libraries, and most of the state’s premier research organizations.
The 12 Days of Broadband is all about sharing stories from the community on how broadband technologies has made an impact is the lives of the people we serve. We hope you enjoy it.
You can follow and participate in the 12 Days of Broadband all month long on social media using #MCNC12Days or on Twitter at @MCNC.
Happy Holidays from MCNC!
All across North Carolina, students, teachers, medical professionals, researchers, public safety authorities, librarians, and citizens are realizing many successes by having access to the Internet, collaborative technologies, and rich content. MCNC President and CEO Jean Davis reflects on the hard work and collaborative efforts by MCNC teams with the NCREN Community and looks ahead to 2019. Read more
Since the early 1990s, MCNC has offered a face-to-face networking event for our constituents through NCREN Community Day. While networking is at the core of what we do, it’s more than technology. It’s people. It’s how we all can work together to develop exciting results for innovative ideas. 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. Read more
Broadband connectivity is critical for many reasons, including access to quality health care. From remote patient monitoring to mobile health applications accessed via smartphones, tablets or other devices, advances in telemedicine and telehealth technologies have impacted patient care and health outcomes far away from hospitals and doctors’ offices in North Carolina. Read more
MCNC announced in March that 22 community anchor institutions from Greensboro to Hamlet now have direct connections on the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) backbone, and celebrated the completion of the MCNC – Golden LEAF Central Carolina Fiber Project at Randolph Community College. Read more
Hurricane Florence impacted much of North Carolina in September. As forecasted, the storm made landfall just south of Wilmington on Sept. 13 with high winds and record amounts of rain. Throughout the event the North Carolina Research and Education Network and MCNC operational teams were prepared. In addition, FEMA called upon the MIT Lincoln Laboratory to use their state-of-the-art lidar (light detection and ranging) system to image the destruction in the region. With MCNC's assistance, terabytes of satellite data were shared faster than ever before during recovery. Read more
Consumer sourcing and leveraging R&E networks to become Collaborative Networked Organizations, or CNOs, to manage the collection of broadband availability data could improve the quality and accuracy of the information, according to comments submitted to the NTIA this summer. The NTIA, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce, requested comments on actions to improve broadband availability data, particularly in rural areas, as part of national activities directed by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. In total, 53 individuals and organizations submitted official comments this summer. Read more
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 community anchor institutions 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, Nadia Campbell of North Wake College and Career Academy participated in the 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
A new rural broadband program funded within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 now authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to distribute and additional $600 million through an “e-Connectivity” pilot that targets support in the form of grants and loans. In July, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue invited comments on the implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program. In November, funding was announced. Read more
A project that installs 110 miles of fiber-optic cable throughout the Triangle will bolster internet speed and reliability for local governments, schools and health care, project officials announced in July. MCNC partnered with Duke University and Health System to build a regional fiber ring spanning from Durham to Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and encompassing Research Triangle Park. The total cost of the project is more than $10 million, with costs shared equally by MCNC and Duke. Read more
Research and education networks, or R&E networks, are high-speed data-communications networks that are independent of the commercial Internet and dedicated to meeting the needs of the academic and research communities. When organizations choose to participate in an R&E network, they are not just choosing an Internet service provider. They are choosing to be a part of a community that brings value to its customers. A new map released this fall showcases the vast reach of R&E networks and Internet2 throughout the country. Read more
At MCNC, we leverage our deep experience and expertise in technology and cybersecurity to help our community members protect their digital assets. Our services help customers solve their toughest cybersecurity challenges. From detecting and blocking cyber threats to consulting services that build and improve cybersecurity programs, we offer a full range of services to address today’s pressing security challenges. This year MCNC once again achieved SOC Type II compliance as well as launched three new services: DNS Filtering, Continuous Monitoring & Risk Assessment, and Security Advisory Consulting. Read more