Hickory-based CommScope will provide cabling and other materials for the second phase of the North Carolina Research and Education Network expansion project, MCNC disclosed Monday.

The contract is worth some $14 million.

MCNC operates the state-wide network that is adding hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable in order to reach many more counties and communities than previously served with broadband.

CommScope also is providing materials for the first phase of the project under a $2.5 million contract..

Golden LEAF, the economic development group based in Rocky Mount, is providing much of the financial support for the second phase of the contract.

The second phase of the project includes 1,500 miles of fiber across various parts of the state. The first phase included 407 miles of fiber-optic backbone.

CommScope also will provide conduit, couplers, hand holds, external telecommunication huts and other materials.

“Today, there are still major areas of the state, particularly rural areas, where citizens do not have access to basic broadband,” said Tommy Jacobson, MCNC’s vice president for Network Infrastructure Initiatives and NCREN’s chief architect. “This second contract with CommScope allows us to strengthen our partnership for delivering broadband to those parts of North Carolina who really need it.”

MCNC is receiving more than $104 million in federal funding for the NCREN upgrade. It also has raised $42 million in matching funds.

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