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N.C. Governor Perdue Announces Application for $28.1 Million in Broadband Recovery Funding
Date:9/3/2009

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that MCNC has applied to receive $28.1 million in broadband recovery funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support fiber acquisition for the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in North Carolina.

MCNC's application, submitted on Aug. 17 (prior to the Aug. 20 filing deadline) was coordinated through the N. C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment and endorsed by the entire North Carolina delegation to the United States Congress.

The application is part of a coordinated strategy to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas and enhance feasibility of Health Internet Technology (HIT) initiatives across the state, resulting in improved access to health services.

MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization employing advanced networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC operates NCREN, one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. NCREN provides broadband communications technology services and support to North Carolina's K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions, with an equitable educational experience across the state as its goal.

"NCREN is of great importance to public education in North Carolina, serving over two million students across the state with vital broadband access," said Gov. Perdue. "This proposal allows North Carolina to leverage the existing NCREN to create more robust access for our schools, libraries and public health facilities, while also reaching our underserved citizens."

If approved, MCNC plans to use the economic recovery funds to build a network of more than 600 miles of new middle-mile fiber, an
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