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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – MCNC, which has received a federal grant to build more broadband access in North Carolina by growing the N.C. Research and Education Network, is looking for information from vendors related to its expansion program.

MCNC will accept responses through May 28.

The project is for constructing additional fiber that would be linked to NCREN, which is operated by MCNC.

Applicants must register online at the where the project information page is located.

MCNC received an initial grant of $28.2 million in January for some 500 miles of new fiber construction.

MCNC is seeking an additional $78 million in federal funds in a project called the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. If funded, this proposal will bring broadband infrastructure to even more rural areas.

If the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative receives funding, MCNC will be able to build a $111 million broadband fiber network that will include 1,448 miles of new fiber through 69 counties North Carolina. Sixty-seven of the 69 counties currently are classified as underserved or partially underserved for broadband connections.

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