Welcome - MCNC Celebrates Broadband for the Future


MCNC will celebrate the completion of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) by hosting Broadband for the Future on Monday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., from four locations in North Carolina.

Visit the MCNC BTOP webspace at https://www.mcnc.org/btop to learn more about the GLRBI.

Originally planned on June 21, this event will highlight the immense reach of the GLRBI by connecting sites in Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City, and Research Triangle Park via high definition video over the North Carolina Research and Education Network. The event serves as an opportunity to thank the many who helped make the GLRBI possible. The event will also allow leaders from policy, education, healthcare and economic development to discuss how North Carolina’s future will be impacted by a greatly enhanced NCREN and the availability of open access fiber in rural North Carolina.

Join us at one of the following locations:

  • Asheville (NCDC)
  • Charlotte (UNCC)
  • Elizabeth City (ECSU)
  • Research Triangle Park (MCNC)

Please RSVP online.

If you previously registered for the June event, please take a few minutes to register again for this new date. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

In 2009, we had a vision to help create an abundance of bandwidth for North Carolina and successfully applied for $104 million in federal funding through the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. In addition to the federal BTOP funding, MCNC raised $40 million in private funds including $10 million from the MCNC Endowment and $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation. MCNC broke ground on the first phase in 2010 and then kicked off the second and final phase of the GLRBI on Aug. 12, 2011. Visit our photo gallery to see some of the photos from the project's journey.

This historic project for North Carolina already is having a positive impact on student learning, patient outcomes in health care, economic outcomes in job creation and community development, and is accelerating innovation and research all across the state. In August, we’ll highlight some of these impacts for everyone to see.

I hope you will be able to join us at one of the four locations on Aug. 12.

Joe Freddoso
President and CEO