MCNC and Facebook Combine to Provide Rural NC Counties with High-Speed Internet Access

On Tuesday, 28 January, MCNC—the operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN)—and Facebook announced that they are joining forces to offer high-speed broadband to nearly 30 communities in Rutherford, Burke, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Surry counties.  Institutions benefiting from access to this enhanced service include community colleges, public and charter schools, healthcare and treatment facilities, and government offices.  Residents in these counties can access high-speed internet at any of these sites.

MCNC is a non-profit organization that for 40 years has operated the NCREN, a communications network that connects the University of North Carolina system, Duke University and Wake Forest University.  NCREN offers leading-edge broadband services and technologies in support of North Carolina’s many K-12 school districts, universities and colleges, and academic research institutions.  In addition, MCNC works with the NC Office of Information Technology to extend these services to non-profit hospitals and public health organizations.

To learn more about this exciting initiative, visit MCNC.