11.27.2023

Welcome to MCNC’s 13th annual 12 Days of Broadband

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The 12 Days of Broadband are back for 2023!

From Dec. 7 - Dec. 22, The 12 Days of Broadband will feature a dozen stories on how broadband positively impacts communities in North Carolina as well as previews what’s to come in 2024.

The 12 Days of Broadband annually showcases how investments in network infrastructure, bandwidth, technology, cybersecurity and other value-added services can help ensure digital equity and inclusion for all citizens throughout North Carolina. 

In preparation for our 2023 edition, feel free to reflect on our previous dozen years as we continue working every day to level the playing field all across the state with high-speed connectivity.

High-speed internet is essential to the daily lives of North Carolina citizens. The 12 Days of Broadband is all about sharing stories from within our communities to show how being connected has made a positive impact in the lives of the people we serve. We hope you enjoy it.

Participate in this year’s 12 Days of Broadband all month on social media using #MCNC12Days. Happy Holidays from MCNC!


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Day 1: MCNC ushers in a new wave of innovation

MCNC celebrated past successes, current contributions, and the influential future it has planned for connecting North Carolina in November with the return of MCNC Community Day. On the first day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we take a look back at this year’s event by recognizing community leaders and showing how North Carolina is on the cusp of a technology revolution.Read more.

12 Days of Broadband day 2Day 2: MCNC brings broadband HERO to rural North Carolina

MCNC announced on June 16 that it successfully secured funding to expand broadband technologies to unserved and underserved communities in central and southeastern North Carolina. On the second day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we take a look at this important project, the timeline and progress already made, interesting stories and perspectives, and what’s to come in 2024. Read more.

Day 3 icon 12 DaysDay 3: Marconi Society welcomes MCNC to national webinar series

The Marconi Society invited MCNC to participate in a national webinar in October to discuss strategies, successes and challenges in creating digitally-equitable communities across North Carolina. On the third day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we reflect on this opportunity and show how MCNC continues to play a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide across the state. Read more.

Day 4: New map shows 20 years of network growth for North Carolina

MCNC has strategically invested in the proper upkeep of NCREN over the years. This has allowed MCNC to expand the network, customize technology services and applications, boost security measures, and cost-effectively meet the bandwidth needs of North Carolina communities. On the fourth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we look at how NCREN got started, the explosive growth of the network over the past 20 years, and highlight how MCNC continues to pursue opportunities to drive innovation and expand broadband for future generations. Read more.

Day 5 12 Days of BroadbandDay 5: MCNC and the Value of a REN in the United States

The national community of Research and Education Networks, or RENs, play a vital role in state broadband landscapes. MCNC is one of more than 40 RENs in the country. But what exactly is a REN? What do they do? Who do they serve? On the fifth day of the 12 Days of Broadband we take a look at these special organizations to better understand their public missions and value. Read more.

Daily Icon 6Day 6: MCNC Listening Tour captures technology pulse in higher education

Technology is rapidly transforming the landscape of higher education – impacting how students learn, how instructors teach, and how institutions operate. From online learning platforms and AI to virtual reality simulations and gamification, a wide range of technologies are being used to improve accessibility, personalize learning experiences, and enhance student engagement. MCNC recently embarked on a listening journey with higher education institutions to gain insights into their current challenges, aspirations and technological priorities. On the sixth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we unpack some of these conversations and explore the important role technology plays in shaping a complete higher education experience in North Carolina. Read more.

Day 7Day 7: MCNC’s Vital Cyber forms cybersecurity shield for North Carolina

MCNC Security Services has seen remarkable growth and accomplishments in 2023, underscoring a steadfast commitment to delivering unparalleled cybersecurity solutions. On the seventh day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we discuss and share more about our unwavering dedication to excellence in cybersecurity has been a testament to the core values that define MCNC. Read more.

Day 8Day 8: Investing in people and culture always part of MCNC’s success story

In the heart of North Carolina, accessing high-quality health and care can be challenging. MCNC and the North Carolina Telehealth Network Association, or NCTNA, continue to work together to reshape rural health care. On the ninth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we examine how this partnership goes beyond just connecting devices as we continue to enhance health care delivery and usher in a new era of accessible medical services in North Carolina communities. Read more.

Day 9 12 Days of BroadbandDay 9: NCTNA and MCNC connecting for better health in North Carolina

In the heart of North Carolina, accessing high-quality health and care can be challenging. MCNC and the North Carolina Telehealth Network Association, or NCTNA, continue to work together to reshape rural health care. On the ninth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we examine how this partnership goes beyond just connecting devices as we continue to enhance health care delivery and usher in a new era of accessible medical services in North Carolina communities. Read more.

Day 10Day 10: North Carolina’s high-speed foundation for K-12 education

High-speed internet has become a staple in education across the country – providing teachers with ready access to tools, technology and constant contact with students; and students with access to research, experts, and classmates at the click of a mouse. On the tenth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we look at how MCNC unites all layers of K-12 education in the state. Read more.

12 Days day 11Day 11: MCNC’s innovation playbook brings Next IT to MCNC

North Carolina has a rich history of innovation, and MCNC is one of those innovations that has matured over the past 40 years to become a cornerstone of technology advancement benefiting so many across the state every day – with many not even knowing it. On the eleventh day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we show how MCNC’s innovation model continues to push boundaries in advanced networking to be more than an early adopter in the technology lifecycle. Read more.

12 Days day 12Day 12: Looking back, looking forward with MCNC Senior Leadership

For a dozen years, MCNC has highlighted a 12 broadband-related stories throughout December to create the 12 Days of Broadband. For the final day of this year’s campaign, we are pleased to share insights from the entire MCNC Senior Leadership Team via a podcast as they look back at the successes of this year and look forward to an exciting year in 2024. Read more.

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