January 29, 2010 RALEIGH — A 480-mile fiber-optic network will be built in North Carolina, including Craven County, courtesy of $28.2 million in stimulus money.
Gov. Bev Perdue has announced that the funds, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will create more than 230 jobs over the next three years. The money was awarded to MCNC (Microelectronics Center of North Carolina) in Research Triangle Park.
Joe Freddoso, CEO of MCNC, said that the broadband cables would be used to operate an intranet network connecting all of the state’s 115 public school systems, all of the University of North Carolina campuses and most of the community colleges and independent colleges.
He said that the bandwidth is higher than usual cable or DSL Internet service. He gave the example of a rural school system that might not have a high school teacher to teach advance-placement physics.
“In the old world, the students … would be offered AP physics,” Freddoso said. Now students can take the class online, possibly from a university professor.
He said the video quality of the class is better than traditional Internet service.