Day 2: Broadband drives digital equity and inclusion in North Carolina

12 Days of Broadband Friday, December 3
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The lack of high-speed Internet and technology for many in North Carolina, particularly in rural areas, has deep social and economic consequences. This year MCNC reaffirmed its commitment to digital equity and inclusion throughout the state – offering recommendations, support, technology and more, as well as issuing a call to action to connect with others who also want to achieve this important goal. 

Digital equity can improve healthcare, education, local economies, and give citizens effective ways to connect online while obtaining the skills they need to participate in today's remote work and learning environments. According to MCNC President and CEO Tracy Doaks, digital equity in North Carolina would have long-lasting economic and social benefits; MCNC is therefore ready to lead and, more importantly, ready to listen.

Employees are proud to work here! And, others see MCNC as a premier technology employer with an inspiring mission to strengthen North Carolina’s future by making secure, high-speed Internet and technology services more accessible to everyone through partnerships, collaboration, and innovative solutions. 

“I have worked at other organizations in my career before settling in here at MCNC about two years ago,” said Matthew Kinney, MCNC Director of Human Resources. “It’s incredible to me that MCNC has a 100 percent customer satisfaction rating and a 94 percent employee satisfaction rating! That almost seems impossible, but it goes to show just how much our employees go above and beyond every day for our clients, communities, and each other.” Read his blog.

MCNC’s people are the foundation of the organization. Our employees feel a real sense of “MCNC Magic” and are inspired by and committed to the work we do. It’s that magic that comes from the people every day that keeps MCNC delivering year, after year. Employees are supported and encouraged to thrive in an open, inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated, and our team is respected and recognized for their excellence in skills, service, and dedication to our community. 

MCNC affirms that digital equity is necessary for everyone to have full access to opportunities of civics and culture, healthcare, learning, employment, and essential goods and services. Digital inclusion refers to all the activities and efforts that remove barriers in order to create digital equity. Read press release.

MCNC’s broadband network touches virtually every county in the state, affordably and effectively removing those connectivity barriers previously experienced in North Carolina. MCNC is ready to once again demonstrate how the right investments can lead to a statewide digital inclusion ecosystem where communities work together to drive economic and social growth in North Carolina.

Stephanie Jane Edwards, GIS Analyst and MCNC's Digital Inclusion Liaison, noted that MCNC has come alongside many North Carolina communities throughout the pandemic to help navigate new challenges, disparities, needs and opportunities. “While we cannot address all aspects of digital inclusion, MCNC increasingly strives to be more than just a provider of broadband-based technology services, but a trusted community partner.” Get more from her February 2021 blog.

MCNC — along with other fellow state Research and Education Networks (RENs) throughout the country — are well-positioned to leverage their middle-mile networks and community relationships for digital inclusion work. Such work can create ripple effects in producing thriving local economies. 

MCNC is ready to connect with others seeking to make digital equity and inclusion a reality for the entire state.

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