Our Community – Public K-12

Welcome to the MCNC web page for North Carolina public K-12. This page provides basic information about the public K-12 N.C. School Connectivity Initiative (SCI) and specifies the MCNC services that are available at no cost to local education agencies (LEAs) and charter schools through the SCI.

Background

The N.C. School Connectivity Initiative (Session Law 2007-323 (HB 1473), Section 7.28.(d)) was established to expand the number of schools with broadband internet access, further develop communication networks for rural and underperforming schools, aid in professional development for technology staff, and develop a scalable model to maintain and enhance network services to all schools in North Carolina. The SCI is comprised of the following four primary programs:

  1. Maintain a Governance Structure and Funding Plan to manage the SCI and provide funding support for LEA and charter school broadband internet access*
  2. Maintain an E-Rate Filing Assistance Bureau - E-Rate consulting services supporting LEAs and charter schools
  3. Expand the North Carolina Research Education Network (NCREN) to connect to all 115 LEAs and participating charter schools
  4. Maintain Client Network Engineering Services – Network consulting services for LEAs and charter schools

*In 2015, SCI funding support was extended to include internal connections for schools, e.g. local area networks, wireless local area networks, and cabling.

These programs are delivered through collaboration among the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, MCNC, and the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services. MCNC has lead responsibility for providing two of the four critical programs which comprise the SCI: NCREN connectivity services and Client Network Engineering (CNE) services.

MCNC Services Available Through The SCI

The following MCNC services are available at no cost to local education agencies (LEAs) and charter schools through the SCI:

Security

Active Vulnerability Analysis (AVA)
Automated service to continuously find vulnerabilities on your network and show you how to fix them
Enhanced DDoS Protection
Detects and mitigates Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks targeting MCNC customers
Web Security Service
Web content filtering and advanced security protection
Firewall
DIT K-12 managed Firewall service
Security Advisory Consulting
Consulting expertise to help you solve your toughest cybersecurity challenges

Connectivity

DNS
Domain Name Service
Enhanced DDoS Protection
Detects and mitigates Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks targeting MCNC customers
Internet
Broadband Internet Service

Network, Video, & Security Consulting

Security Advisory Consulting
Consulting expertise to help you solve your toughest cybersecurity challenges
Network Assessment
Network Assessment
Network Design & Consultation
Network Design and Consultation

In addition, personalized spaces for each LEA and charter school connected to NCREN can be found at the NCREN Community Portal. These personalized spaces are secure and exclusive domains and dynamic, in that the LEA and MCNC personnel can update them with the latest network and technical support information.

All other MCNC services are available to LEAs and charter schools for a fee.