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(Editor’s note: MCNC is nearing completion of the first stage of a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network. Funded through $104 million in federal BTOP grants and another $40 million in matching funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation, private partners and MCNC’s Endowment, the project will be complete in 2013. To commemorate the launch and progress of the project, MCNC is celebrating “12 Days of Broadband” in a series of blog posts between Dec. 8-23. These will be published in WRAL Tech Wire.)

Day 6: MCNC expands broadband to all North Carolina Community Colleges

MCNC, working with the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services and the N.C. Community College System, announced in January 2011 that all 58 community colleges in the state now were connected to NCREN.

North Carolina is home to the third largest community college system in the United States, behind only Texas and California in numbers of students; currently serving more than 800,000 students.

The connection to NCREN provides students with an infrastructure that can grow to meet their virtual education needs at stable costs for the coming generations of students. Read more.

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