MCNC in the News

High-Speed Fiber Network to Benefit Triangle Communities, Schools, Health Care

A project that installs 110 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the Triangle will bolster internet speed and reliability for local governments, schools and health care, project officials announced. MCNC, the nonprofit owner and operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), is partnering with Duke University and Health System to build a regional fiber optic network across the Triangle.

Editorial: Broadband access could hold economic key for N.C.

When running for governor in 2008, Beverly Perdue often spoke about modeling her approach to the office after O. Max Gardner, her favorite political figure in North Carolina history. He led the state through the onset of the Great Depression, investing public money in infrastructure to create jobs and cultivate economic development, actions that offer Perdue some useful lessons.

Gov. Perdue Announces $115 Million in Federal Recovery Funds to Expand Broadband Access in North Carolina

August 18, 2010 - Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolina has received $115 million in five federal recovery grants to extend broadband connectivity in North Carolina. These funds will create jobs and help spur economic development through expanded access to high-speed Internet in underserved areas. Through two rounds of recovery funding, North Carolina has received over $255 million for broadband.

Broadband to connect Craven with state - Sun Journal

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.

Hallelujah! Broadband links schools from Manteo to Murphy, but what happens now?

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s efforts to spread broadband access to all reached quite a milestone Thursday with the news that every school district from Manteo to Murphy is connected to the high-speed North Carolina Research and Education Network.

Here’s a tip of the hat from the Skinny to the NCREN team at MCNC in RTP, the state Department of Public Instruction, Gov. Bev Perdue and the General Assembly, who worked together for the data interstate known as the School Connectivity Initiative.