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

essential element in North Carolina's plans to reach citizens and community anchor institutions (schools, community colleges, other institutions of higher education, and community support organizations) who currently have limited broadband access. Underserved citizens will be reached through commercial telecommunications and cable providers with whom MCNC has formed partnerships.

The middle-mile is the sector of the network that connects last-mile facilities such as telecom company local interconnection points (central offices) with the commercial Internet and with national and global advanced research networks.

The network has the potential to serve more than 1,500 anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and more than 300,000 underserved families. In addition, the MCNC application has been coordinated closely with other applications for federal economic recovery funds in North Carolina, including those in the areas of health care and education.

MCNC's application for ARRA recovery funds was tendered to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Broadband Initiatives Program. The BTOP program requires a 20-percent funding match on the part of the applicant.

MCNC raised the matching funds for its application through private sources, thus no state funds are required in the MCNC application. The design, construction, and operation of the network are estimated to have the potential to create more than 230 engineering/construction jobs.

About MCNC

MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technol
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