Connecting North Carolina

MCNC has been proactive in meeting the broadband infrastructure needs for community anchor institutions whether rural or urban, mountain or coastal, big or small for 40 years. Throughout this time, MCNC has successfully served education, research, nonprofit healthcare, public safety, libraries, and other community anchor institutions with Internet connectivity and advanced technology services.

MCNC owns, builds, and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), a powerful broadband infrastructure that scales to meet the service delivery needs in communities across the state while providing agile and responsive services that support and enhance economic development, collaboration, and innovation in the 21st century.


Internet Connectivity Throughout North Carolina

MCNC delivers modern Internet on a world-class broadband network that maintains 99.99% uptime and spans all 100 counties in North Carolina. MCNC operationalizes best-in-class cybersecurity protections, experienced engineers and developers, fair pricing, and local client service to support and enhance economic development, collaboration, and innovation. MCNC has extensive technical expertise and deep roots in local communities. As a trusted partner, MCNC and its clients have successfully leveraged the network and resources to customize services and applications while collaborating and supporting private service providers in bringing cost-efficient connectivity and technology services to rural and underserved communities.

Connecting Communities Big and Small


MCNC’s backbone, NCREN, connects the people of North Carolina. It is part of a technology solution from MCNC that ensures the continued economic success of local communities throughout the state. We take great pride in building and operating more than 4,000 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure every day to support the various technology needs that every North Carolina citizen values and requires in the 21st century. View a larger version of the map to the right by clicking here.

Client Focused

MCNC is a client-first organization. We exist to benefit North Carolina by creating unprecedented opportunities to accelerate broadband-based economies. In this sense, MCNC’s network, NCREN, is much more than a network; it’s an interconnected community for North Carolina.

Connectivity and Collaboration Lead to Success

Through trusted relationships and client input, MCNC brings connectivity levels in North Carolina to all-time highs.
Assessments, analysis, collaborative planning, installation, technical support, and follow-up all play key roles in connectivity for our clients.
We work to understand your business needs and provide the bandwidth and services required for your success.
100%
K-20 Public Education Connected
4,000+
Miles of Statewide Fiber Optic Infrastructure
70%
NC Independent Colleges & Universities Connected
100%
Community Colleges Connected

Geographic distance should not be a barrier


MCNC connects anchor institutions to their communities and to regional and national networks; thereby enabling collective sharing, teamwork, discovery, and learning.

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