MCNC, the operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network, published a request for proposals on Friday for contractors to construct more than 1,200 miles of new fiber optic cable being added to the network.

Golden LEAF and the federal government are providing funding for the project. Called the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, it is the second phase of NCREN’s expansion with federal funding.

The RFP covers:
• Total North Central segments (approximately 203.9 route miles)
• Total Northeast segments (approximately 282.8 route miles)
• Total Outer Banks segments (approximately 243.3 route miles)
• Total South Central segments (approximately 238.7 route miles)
• Total Central segments (approximately 113.5 route miles)
• Total Graham segments (approximately 18 route miles)
• Total Northwest segments (approximately 50 miles)

Responses are due by Feb. 28.

For more information and to view the RFP, read here.

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