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A statewide project to connect community colleges and schools with a fiber-optics network is back on track in New Bern after being delayed by Hurricane Irene. Contractors for MCNC, a nonprofit based in Research Triangle Park that provides technical infrastructure throughout North Carolina, are now laying fiber optics in Lawson Creek Park that will eventually go under the Trent River and connect with Havelock. MCNC provides advanced networked technology services to all 3 million North Carolina public education students from kindergarten classes to universities. The company operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network, which also allows students to connect to each other, to national and international education and research assets, and to other students around the globe. It also will connect libraries and county government networks to the existing North Carolina Research and Education Network. MCNC was awarded a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand the network. The grant will fund the engineering and construction of about 500 miles of new fiber optics in rural southeastern and western North Carolina, according to an earlier letter from the company to the New Bern city manager. The work in New Bern is part of a $39.99 million network of mostly buried fiber-optic cable. MCNC will provide New Bern with reduced rates for service it delivers out of Craven Community College. Mark Trail, IT manager for New Bern, said the fiber-optic work in New Bern started about two weeks before Hurricane Irene. Lawson Creek Park was used as a debris dumping site after the storm. Workers restarted the fiber-optic project Monday.

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enlarge Chuck Beckley/ Sun Journal A statewide project to connect community colleges and schools with a fiber optics network is back on track in New Bern after being stalled by Hurricane Irene. Contractors have begun work in Lawson Creek Park to lay fiberoptic line that will eventually go under the Trent River and connect with Havelock.

“This will expand our resources on that side of the river,” Trail said. It also will give the city a redundancy for emergencies by having two cables and save the city about $200,000 by not having to hire contractors to bore under the river. MCNC plans to install fiber optics beside Lawson Creek Park Road, to the boat ramps, under the river and beside Howell Road. The fiber optics is coming into the city beside U.S. 70 and follows First Street into Country Club Road before entering Lawson Creek Park. The city also will be able to take advantage of the cable being put in by MCNC, connecting all the schools and community colleges, libraries and local government on one network, Trail said. “Anything that provides additional resources to the city is a good thing,” he said.

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As part of the agreement between MCNC and New Bern, the company also will bury a higher-strand count of fiber optics under the Trent River to update the city’s existing 36-strand fiber optics, Trail said. Three and half years ago the county installed fiber optics from Havelock Community College to West Craven High School and the city was not able to fully tap into it because the newer fiber optic strands were more than the strand count that runs under the river, Trail said.

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SAGE. The student early alert system, SAGE, works in concert with the Center for Aacdemic Excellence's TutorTrac as a Web service helping students needing academic assistance. Classroom PCs. Some 70 classrooms in the Herbert G. Oxendine Science Building and 14 classrooms in the Business Administration Building will have new computers when students return to campus for fall semester. PCs in all classrooms and labs across campus will have their operating system software upgraded to Windows 7. Eset. DoIT has acquired new virus protection software for the campus. The software, called Eset, will replace McAfee software on computers using the Windows operating system. Eset offers virus and security protection for both PCs, as well as Macintosh machines when running Windows, with features meeting or exceeding McAfee at a lower cost. HMS. Returning residential students have been obtaining their residence hall room assignments using the Housing Management System (HMS) on the Web. DoIT staff member Myra Moody is working with the Office of Housing and Residence Life to enable new students to apply for housing online. When Cypress Hall opens in August, students will find both wired and wireless networks. In addition, DoIT's client services group has added a student network support person to assist students with residential network (ResNet) issues. Meanwhile, DoIT's network services group has implemented a new access control system for ResNet, the network for residential students. The new system, SafeConnect, will increase bandwidth and protection for network users while reducing the complexity of using ResNet. Virtualization. The new desktop virtualization system will enhance service and software access for students, at reduced cost. Projects using virtualization will include some new student computer facilities. "The ever-expanding virtual server environment will experience a turbo boost from 1GB to 10GB connectivity and an increase in overall capacity as our continuing network refresh project provides additional resources," according to Dr. Robert L. Orr, associate vice chancellor for information resources and CIO. "The virtual environment is a collection of high capacity servers that combine to provide a growing pool of virtual servers that can be used to provide central services for the campus, specific applications for academic or administrative departmental needs, and virtual machines or applications for use in student labs and classrooms," Orr said.

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Page 2 of 2 NCREN. The Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC) is installing a so-called Community Anchor Point on campus as part of a project to expand the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that uses advanced networking technologies to improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. The company was initially funded by the North Carolina State Government in 1980 as a catalyst for technology-based economic development. While MCNC is the company, NCREN is its network product. The highly-reliable, cost-efficient NCREN is one of the nation's first and one of the world's leading statewide regional optical networks. The project includes installation of 1,200 miles of new fiber-optics cable throughout 69 North Carolina counties and provides nearly unlimited bandwidth for K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, public health facilities and other community institutions. UNCP will have dual connections to the network across diverse geographical paths helping to ensure a high quality and available connection to the Internet. Document imaging. The university's business-related document imaging project is moving forward under the guidance of Director of IT Planning and Budgeting Maureen Windmeyer, who is coordinating the project with the offices of financial aid and admissions and the controller’s office. The project team visited UNC Wilmington to observe their imaging processes. DoIT staff member Ken Brayboy imported thousands of documents for the School of Education (SoE) as part of early implementation activities. DoIT will be training SoE faculty and staff on the software and working with additional offices. EMS. A new event management system (EMS) is in use at the University Center and other departments scheduling events. EMS replaces the older campus event calendar. WebFOCUS. DoIT staff members Tammy Locklear, Jonathan Lowery and Maureen Windmeyer are migrating data reporting into a new WebFOCUS service that replaces two older systems – Cognos ReportNet and Reporting Web Application (RWA). The new system lets users easier access data from Banner and other applications. DoIT's network services group also will be finalizing new distribution and data center networks. The old network and data center design knocked a large portion of campus offline when equipment malfunctioned, was damaged, or power or connectivity was lost. The new network has a higher level of redundancy, which gives it a higher tolerance for single points of failure. This will allow people to remain connected during network problems. Postini. DoIT is implementing Google Postini email security services, which provide anti-spam and anti-virus protection plus automatic archiving of email messages. With it, users are able to customize their own email whitelists and blacklists and recover lost or deleted email messages. See the DoIT website for more information.

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A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high-speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions.

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This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN.

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ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state.

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"ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby."

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MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new

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ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher-training school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or

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SOURCE: Raleigh (NC) News & Observer AUDIENCE: 541,069 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 11−09−2011 HEADLINE: ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina Source Website A 10gig upgrade to network services atEast Carolina University boosts high−speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C.,Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced thatEast Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions inNorth Carolina east of I−95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a$144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K−12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project forNorth Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including$24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and$8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT InfrastructureTom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high−speed gateway for innovation throughout all ofNorth Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughoutEastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non−profit operator of NCREN based inResearch Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two−part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughoutNorth Carolina. "Many rural areas inEastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," saidTommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished byJan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or beforeJuly 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly−constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. AboutEast Carolina University 1


Created by theNorth Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher−training school,East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non−profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughoutNorth Carolina's K−20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration amongNorth Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of theUniversity of North Carolina System,Duke University andWake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visitwww.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non−profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K−12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions acrossNorth Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future−proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts inNorth Carolina, the NCREN user−community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non−Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transformNorth Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one−half ofNorth Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco−dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over$517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visitwww.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a$144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling$104 million. In addition, MCNC raised$40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included$24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation,$8 million from the MCNC Endowment,$4 million from private−sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated$4 million through 2


donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from theState of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are −part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office ofNorth Carolina GovernorBev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e−NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private−sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visitMCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI atwww.twitter.com/GLRBI orwww.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see ourFAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, orcontact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC,East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions,North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP,Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband SOURCE MCNC (c) Copyright 2011 FinancialContent Services, Inc. Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, North Carolina, N.C, MCNC, Research andEducation Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural BroadbandInitiative, BTOP, mcnc.org, NorthCarolina, Rural Broadband Initiative, Research and Education Network, GoldenLEAF

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SOURCE: Business Journal Charlotte (NC) AUDIENCE: 2,416,947 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 11−09−2011 HEADLINE: ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina Source Website ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina PR Newswire GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high−speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C.,Nov. 9, 2011/PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I−95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K−12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high−speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non−profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two−part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." 1


All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly−constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher−training school,East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non−profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K−20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System,Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non−profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K−12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future−proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user−community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non−Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one−half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco−dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative.

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To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation,$8 million from the MCNC Endowment,$4 million from private−sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are −part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e−NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private−sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC,East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions,North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP,Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags:#GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Source: MCNC The information on this page is provided by PR Newswire. All rights reserved. (c) 2011 American City Business Journals, Inc.and its licensors. All rights reserved. Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, North_Carolina, North Carolina, N.C, MCNC, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, BTOP, mcnc.org, North Carolina, Rural Broadband Initiative, Research and Education Network, Golden LEAF

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SOURCE: Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh−Durham, NC) AUDIENCE: 2,416,947 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 11−09−2011 HEADLINE: ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina Source Website ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina PR Newswire GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high−speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C.,Nov. 9, 2011/PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I−95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K−12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high−speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non−profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two−part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." 1


All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly−constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher−training school,East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non−profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K−20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System,Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non−profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K−12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future−proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user−community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non−Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one−half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco−dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative.

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To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation,$8 million from the MCNC Endowment,$4 million from private−sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are −part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e−NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private−sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC,East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions,North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP,Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags:#GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Source: MCNC The information on this page is provided by PR Newswire. All rights reserved. (c) 2011 American City Business Journals, Inc.and its licensors. All rights reserved. Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, North_Carolina, North Carolina, N.C, MCNC, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, BTOP, mcnc.org, North Carolina, Rural Broadband Initiative, Research and Education Network, Golden LEAF

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SOURCE: Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area (Greensboro,NC) AUDIENCE: 2,416,947 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 11−09−2011 HEADLINE: ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina Source Website ECU Network Boost to Benefit All of Eastern North Carolina PR Newswire GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high−speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C.,Nov. 9, 2011/PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I−95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K−12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high−speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non−profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two−part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." 1


All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly−constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher−training school,East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non−profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K−20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System,Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non−profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K−12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future−proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user−community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non−Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one−half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco−dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative.

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To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation,$8 million from the MCNC Endowment,$4 million from private−sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are −part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e−NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private−sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC,East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions,North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP,Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags:#GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Source: MCNC The information on this page is provided by PR Newswire. All rights reserved. (c) 2011 American City Business Journals, Inc.and its licensors. All rights reserved. Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, North_Carolina, North Carolina, N.C, MCNC, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, BTOP, mcnc.org, North Carolina, Rural Broadband Initiative, Research and Education Network, Golden LEAF

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3. GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high-speed broadband capacity in region MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teachertraining school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org . About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology

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services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN usercommunity now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and eNC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI . Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband SOURCE MCNC Copyright (C) 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

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A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts highspeed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95.

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The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher-training school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond.

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About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state’s leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school’s online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina’s coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. “ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region,” Lamb said. “Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout

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By WRAL Tech Wire RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — East Carolina University’s campus in Greenville will serve as the hub of the expanding North Carolina Research and Education Network. MCNC, which operates NCREN, recently upgraded a backbone connection to the university to 10 gigabyte capacity. MCNC is based in RTP. The ECU upgrade is part of the $144 million NCREN expansion plan that is spreading high-speed Internet access across much of the state. A grant from the Golden LEAF economic development grant, federal funds, MCNC’s own resources and support from private sector partners is fueling the growth. ECU will serve as the hub of NCREN east of I-95. The university said the upgrade also means the school can support online and distance learning as well as videoconferencing. “Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure,” said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative, in a statement. “The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node.” Get the latest news alerts: Follow WRAL Tech Wire at Twitter.

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GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high-speed broadband capacity in region MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University

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Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teachertraining school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org . About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential

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to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI . Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband SOURCE MCNC Copyright (C) 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

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A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high-speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and

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the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher-training school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and

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innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP

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This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher-training school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with

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cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404.

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About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher-training school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond.

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About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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To: EDUCATION, HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: MCNC Communications Hotline, +1-919-248-4105; or Noah Garrett of NGC Communications for MCNC, +1-252-423-1277, press@mcnc.org; or ECU Media Contact: Mary Schulken, Director of Public Affairs, +1-252-328-6482 A 10gig upgrade to network services at East Carolina University boosts high-speed broadband capacity in region GREENVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that East Carolina University has received a 10gig upgrade to network services and now serves as the main network hub for most community anchor institutions in North Carolina east of I-95. The upgrade was completed through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative, a $144 million expansion of NCREN, which serves the Intranet and Internet network needs of more than 350 of the state's leading community anchor institutions including all K-12 public schools, community colleges, UNC System institutions, libraries, select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health and public safety institutions. This historic project for North Carolina is funded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in addition to several private grants and investments including $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation and $8 million from the MCNC Endowment. The MCNC Endowment was created to support the long term capital and equipment needs of NCREN. ECU Director of IT Infrastructure Tom Lamb said the upgrade provides essential bandwidth and broadband capacity to service the school's online and distance learning programs, videoconferencing, economic development and other essential services. At the same time, he said, it serves as a high-speed gateway for innovation throughout all of North Carolina's coastal areas. ECU now serves as a main network hub for community anchor institutions in this region of the state. "ECU continues to be a statewide leader in distance education programs, and these enhancements at ECU will benefit the school as well as the entire region," Lamb said. "Other universities, colleges, libraries, and government agencies throughout Eastern North Carolina will see a better exchange of information with each other and the rest of the world. In turn, other parts of the state will gain access to the valuable expertise and resources available at ECU and nearby." MCNC, the non-profit operator of NCREN based in Research Triangle Park, announced the ECU upgrade as a component of phase one of the two-part GLRBI to enhance and expand broadband capacity in underserved areas of the state. MCNC is near completion of the first phase; phase two construction began in July. MCNC will use the new fiber from both phases of the project to expand the capacity of NCREN to serve as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for community institutions throughout North Carolina. "Many rural areas in Eastern North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Tommy Jacobson, vice president of Network Initiatives for MCNC and project lead on the initiative. "The new upgrade will provide nearly unlimited capacity for this region through the ECU campus node." All construction for both phases of the initiative must be finished by Jan. 31, 2013 to allow MCNC time to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013. As with the new ECU connection, when sections of the newly-

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constructed network are complete, they will be placed into service. About East Carolina University Created by the North Carolina General Assembly more than a century ago as a teacher-training school, East Carolina University today is the state's largest producer of education professionals, nurses and allied health professionals. It is also the state leader in distance education and is building a new dental school that is scheduled to open in August. About MCNC MCNC is an independent, non-profit organization that employs advanced Internet networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. MCNC provides advanced communications technologies and support services that enable access to 21st century learning applications and offers the opportunity to improve teaching, learning, research, and collaboration among North Carolina's education community. For a more than a quarter century MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected the institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Wake Forest University to each other and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world. Visit www.mcnc.org. About NCREN Community NCREN, operated by the non-profit organization MCNC, is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks. It provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses and academic research institutions across North Carolina. MCNC offers NCREN technology tools and services to guarantee equal access to 21st century learning by providing a future-proof technology network that is the foundation for change and innovation in our educational systems. In addition to all public school districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 19 North Carolina Charter Schools, 27 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC will provide broadband services for the Public Health and Non-Profit Hospitals Phases of the N.C. Telehealth Network in 2011 and beyond. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,129 grants worth over $517 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. About Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative MCNC currently is working on a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) scheduled to be completed by 2013. This initiative has been labeled the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. To fund this expansion, MCNC applied for and received two U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards totaling $104 million. In addition, MCNC raised $40 million in private matching funds as required by the BTOP program. MCNC's sources of matching funds included $24 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation, $8 million from the MCNC Endowment, $4 million from private-sector wholesale telecommunications company FRC, and an estimated $4 million through donations of land and existing conduit from individual community colleges, universities, and others including the Albemarle Pamlico Economic Development Corporation. No direct funding

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from the State of North Carolina was required. MCNC estimates the expansion of NCREN will create or save 2,500 engineering, construction, and manufacturing jobs in the state. Both MCNC awards are -part of a coordinated strategy developed by the Office of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, and e-NC Authority to improve broadband access for businesses and residents in underserved areas. Once all work is complete, the two rounds of BTOP infrastructure have the potential to serve directly, or through MCNC partnerships with private-sector service providers, more than 1,500 community anchor institutions, 180,000 businesses, and reach more than 300,000 underserved families. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visit MCNC's BTOP Central Web Space online. You also can follow the progress of the GLRBI at www.twitter.com/GLRBI or www.facebook.com/GLRBI. Questions? Please see our FAQ section regarding Round 2 construction questions, or contact us for more details. Keywords and Tags ECU, Eastern NC, East Carolina University, pirates, MCNC, NCREN, BTOP, ARRA, NTIA, Golden LEAF, GLRBI, distance learning, community anchor institutions, North Carolina, NC, rural broadband, RTP, Research Triangle Park, education, telehealth, telecom, broadband, Internet, web, bandwidth, news Twitter Hashtags: #GLRBI #ECU #BTOP #broadband SOURCE MCNC -0-

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A statewide project to connect community colleges and schools with a fiber-optics network is back on track in New Bern after being delayed by Hurricane Irene. Contractors for MCNC, a nonprofit based in Research Triangle Park that provides technical infrastructure throughout North Carolina, are now laying fiber optics in Lawson Creek Park that will eventually go under the Trent River and connect with Havelock. MCNC provides advanced networked technology services to all 3 million North Carolina public education students from kindergarten classes to universities. The company operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network, which also allows students to connect to each other, to national and international education and research assets, and to other students around the globe. It also will connect libraries and county government networks to the existing North Carolina Research and Education Network. MCNC was awarded a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand the network. The grant will fund the engineering and construction of about 500 miles of new fiber optics in rural southeastern and western North Carolina, according to an earlier letter from the company to the New Bern city manager. The work in New Bern is part of a $39.99 million network of mostly buried fiber-optic cable. MCNC will provide New Bern with reduced rates for service it delivers out of Craven Community College. Mark Trail, IT manager for New Bern, said the fiber-optic work in New Bern started about two weeks before Hurricane Irene. Lawson Creek Park was used as a debris dumping site after the storm. Workers restarted the fiber-optic project Monday. As part of the agreement between MCNC and New Bern, the company also will bury a higher-strand count of fiber optics under the Trent River to update the city’s existing 36-strand fiber optics, Trail said. Three and half years ago the county installed fiber optics from Havelock Community College to West Craven High School and the city was not able to fully tap into it because the newer fiber optic strands were more than the strand count that runs under the river, Trail said. “This will expand our resources on that side of the river,” Trail said. It also will give the city a redundancy for emergencies by having two cables and save the city about $200,000 by not having to hire contractors to bore under the river. MCNC plans to install fiber optics beside Lawson Creek Park Road, to the boat ramps, under the river and beside Howell Road. The fiber optics is coming into the city beside U.S. 70 and follows First Street into Country

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The city also will be able to take advantage of the cable being put in by MCNC, connecting all the schools and community colleges, libraries and local government on one network, Trail said.

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A contractor working on the project said it would take about 30 days to run the fiber optic under the river. Eddie Fitzgerald can be reached at 252-635-5675 or at efitzgerald@freedomenc.com.

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