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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – MCNC is now accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for Construction and Splicing of the Fiber Optic Middle-Mile Project related to the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) Southeastern and Western N.C. Fiber Expansion Project.

MCNC is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to construct a new fiber cable network to connect universities, community colleges, schools, libraries, and county offices to a statewide fiber optic network.

The project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The project is divided into segments. Respondents may submit proposals for one or more segments by 5 p.m. eastern on Aug. 20.

Some segments will have build priorities higher (with completion required sooner) than other segments, and each segment of the project may be awarded separately.

Interested parties can register to view the RFP, Construction Agreement, and the Baseline Route Maps by visiting MCNC’s website at

MCNC was awarded $28.2 million through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) in January to fund the engineering and construction of approximately 500 miles of new fiber to expand the optical footprint of NCREN. MCNC’s funded proposal currently traverses 37 counties in Southeastern and Western North Carolina.

Once complete, NCREN has the potential to serve more than 1,500 anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families.

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