RENCI spearheads $20 million project to test a reimagined Internet

The National Science Foundation announced in September a $20 million collaborative project to create a platform for testing novel architectures that could enable a faster, more secure Internet. With leadership from researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), UNC Chapel Hill and its partners will be working over the next four years to build a platform called FABRIC, to provide a nationwide testbed for reimagining how data can be stored, computed and moved through shared infrastructure.

State awards $10M in GREAT Grants for rural broadband

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper launched the Connecting NC Task Force in 2019 so government leaders could better identify and remove barriers to affordable high-speed Internet access, eliminate the homework gap that results from students not having Internet access, and facilitate private-sector deployment of last-mile infrastructure. The creation of the task force followed specific recommendations the governor laid out in his budget that also included grant funding through the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) program.

MCNC modernizes marketing and branding efforts

During the fall of 2018, MCNC began an exercise of rebranding its corporate image. The first phase was to review the MCNC logo. The result of the review was to freshen and brighten the logo while still keeping the familial triangle. The discussions and compromises resulted in a new, gradient blue triangle alongside the MCNC lettering that’s been the mainstay of our brand.


NC healthcare sees boost with NCTNA transition, award

The North Carolina Telehealth Network Association (NCTNA) assumed administrative responsibilities from the Cabarrus Health Alliance to oversee operations of the North Carolina Telehealth Network (NCTN) in 2019. Now as a certified non-profit, the FCC has recognized the association as a consortium leader to support public and non-profit healthcare providers in North Carolina. The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) also recognized the NCTNA in October as a recipient of their first-ever Anchor Award.

MCNC connects libraries to support digital literacy

The Internet is an indispensable part of our daily work and life. However, access to this vast resource is sometimes taken for granted as not all individuals have consistent access to it. On the sixth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we explore how MCNC is continuing to power broadband adoption, access, and use in public libraries all across North Carolina.