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MCNC finishes first phase of Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative

Non-profit operator of NCREN is almost a year ahead of schedule; hosting live Twitter Town Hall today

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. April 27, 2012 MCNC $144 million North Carolina $4 million

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program $24 million

Joe Freddoso

East Carolina University North Carolina Asheville Pitt County

Friday, April 27 11 a.m. EDT North Carolina #askMCNC @MCNC @GLRBI #askMCNC

June 2011

The total of new miles spanning both projects is currently 2,604. The routes for Round 1 as engineered represent 904 newly-operational miles of which 414 miles are new construction. All Round 1 fiber is now lit and placed into service. The routes for Round 2 as engineered represent 1,700 total miles, of which 1,338 are new construction and 362 are being obtained and/or leased via indefeasible rights of use (IRU) or existing fiber is being upgraded. As of today, 595 miles of new conduit has been built along the Round 2 project route, 292 miles of fiber has been deployed within that conduit, and nearly 307 miles of dark fiber have been obtained via IRUs.

The participating vendors and contractors who worked on Round 1 include: Fiber Technologies for construction/installation of fiber in western North Carolina;  Globe Communications for construction/installation of fiber in the southeast; Comtech for all the fiber splicing related to this portion of the project;  Cisco Systems for providing the Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Design Network Solution; CommScope for supplying all fiber-optic cable and materials; and ONUG Communications for engineering design, project planning, and related services.

North Carolina $73 million

All construction for the GLRBI is to be complete by 2013.

Additional Quotes

"MCNC’s goal in seeking private funds and NTIA BTOP matching funds was to provide our Community Anchor Institution users of NCREN a network that would scale to rapidly increasing bandwidth demand at stable costs. Today, with the completion of the first phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, we move a significant step closer to that goal."

Mike Murphy
Chairman of the MCNC Board of Directors

University of North Carolina UNC

Tom Ross
University of North Carolina

North Carolina North Carolina

Bev Perdue
State of North Carolina

North Carolina

Edward D. Paradise

Cisco Systems

"The potential impact of this project on our region’s healthcare system can be tremendous. From helping address healthcare disparities in rural areas to addressing the growing physician shortage, this investment comes at a pivotal time in the transformation of our region’s and nation’s healthcare system. Broadband will serve as the underlying infrastructure for the health information technology that has the potential to improve health care outcomes and control costs."

Edward J. Macko


"CommScope has been involved in this project since the first shovel went into the ground in two years ago. We are excited that the first phase of this project is completed because it has the potential to provide tremendous, long-lasting benefits to our state’s residents. CommScope is proud to be part of several broadband initiatives around the country, bringing high-speed networks to rural and underserved communities. MCNC and its efforts to expand the North Carolina Research and Education Network through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative is just one great example."

Ric Johnsen

Hickory, N.C.

Bev Perdue North Carolina

Tommy Jacobson
MCNC Vice President of Network Initiatives and Chief NCREN Architect

North Carolina University of North Carolina $144 million @MCNC @GLRBI

$144 million

$104 million $40 million $24 million $8 million $4 million $4 million State of North Carolina

North Carolina Bev Perdue

North Carolina North Carolina $490 million  

Noah Garrett [email protected]


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