The North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) provides high quality broadband Internet access which includes access to national research networks such as Internet2*, direct private peerings to global content providers as well as access to services that are heavily used by MCNC’s constituents. NCREN serves Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) across North Carolina, including K-12 and private schools, community colleges, public and private universities, research and health care institutions, and state and local governments. MCNC has configured NCREN to have high capacity geographically diverse connections to four Tier-1 Internet Service Providers (AT&T and CenturyLink). MCNC has peered NCREN directly to Google and the Internet2 Commodity Peering Service in addition to providing Google content/caching, Akamai’s content caching service, and other content distribution mechanisms to improve reliability and performance. These direct connections and content caching services lower costs for NCREN connectors and vastly improve download speeds.

* Founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996 and in conjunction with industry and government, Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community that develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2, visit


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Eligibility and Requirements of Service

In order to receive Internet service, you must be a North Carolina public sector or non-profit organization, sign our subscription agreements, and provide power and space for any required network equipment.

If you would like to arrange for MCNC Internet service for your organization, or if you have questions about the service, please submit a web request.

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