Broadband, broadband applications and broadband use from communities to universities will be the focus on a technology doubleheader of sorts next month in Raleigh.

MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network, and Internet 2, a nation-wide network for research and development, are teaming up to put on annual conferences at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Internet 2’s four-day event opens Oct. 3.

NCREN will host its annual “Community Day” on Oct. 5-6. The event is MCNC’s annual update about how the network is used across the state. Executives also will provide a briefing about the $144 million upgrade and expansion of NCREN from the coast to the mountains.

Internet 2 earned its name as it was created as an alternative to the once-research focused Internet that grew clogged with business users and consumers as the “dot com” boom and development of the web triggered mammoth online growth.

Speakers at the events include: Joe Freddoso, chief executive officer at NCREN, and Dave Lambert, CEO of Internet 2.

Other schedule speakers are: Matthew Szulik, former chairman and CEO of Red Hat; Janet Cowell, State Treasurer for the State of North Carolina; Holden Thorp, Chancellor of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; John Bardo, former Chancellor of Western Carolina University.

More than 130 sessions about Internet usage are on the agendas.

“This year presented MCNC and Internet2 with the unique opportunity to collaborate on programming for both events,” said John Killebrew, a former BellSouth executive who is MCNC’s vice president of NCREN Community Support. “The program offers exceptional possibilities to network and meet a wide range of professionals from within and outside of North Carolina. The attendees are leaders who share a focus on how advanced network technologies can empower our students, provide innovative capacity to our researchers, and increase our country’s global competitiveness.”

For the NCREN agenda, read here.

For the Internet 2 program, read here.

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