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County Internet deal may save $466K County commissioners unanimously signed off on a co-location agreement Monday, that could save the county nearly half a million dollars for the cost of Internet access over the next decade. Dante’ Patterson, chief information officer for Lincoln County, presented the agreement between the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina and the county, which will involve MCNC placing equipment within the county’s information technology operations in exchange for improved Internet access and cost savings. The partnership is part of an expansion funded by awards MCNC received from the U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. “We will save money by allowing them to place equipment in our facility,” Patterson said. According to the document provided by Patterson, the agreement will “consist of Lincoln County providing physical space, power, HVAC, security and access to MCNC equipment.” Patterson also said that the county’s Internet capacity will be increased by about 12 times what it is now, with the bandwidth expanding from 20MB to 250MB. And the projected expenditure for the period of 10 years will be reduced by $466,058. Commissioner George Arena confirmed that the agreement was just an “equipment-and-access agreement,” and Patterson replied that it would be “totally nondiscretionary.” In other board of commissioners action at Monday’s meeting: The Regional Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant, which involves joining with Gaston and Cleveland counties to consolidate plans, was passed unanimously. Pathways’ merger plans were presented and passed unanimously. Department of Social Services Director Susan McCracken presented the 2012-2014 Work First County Plan, noting innovative strategies “set up to put people to work.” She said the plan included “changes that allow us to do a better job for these families,” adding that it will enable them to support and train people who “simply cannot find jobs.” Commissioners unanimously approved the motion. A public hearing was conducted for the purchase of three new American Emergency Vehicle ambulances, costing $364,008. Assistant County Manager Martha Lide presented the proposal to approve the purchase order to Northwestern Emergency Vehicles in West Jefferson, which was passed unanimously. An approval of bids for library furnishings was unanimously passed. A notification of the Rock Springs Grant Award-PARTF Grant of $415,000 was given by Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department. Jessie Townsend was appointed to the county’s Jury Commission.

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RTC Image 1 of 3 · Next Image… By RICK SMITH, WRAL Tech Wire Editor Note: The Skinny blog is written by Rick Smith, editor and co-founder of WRAL Tech Wire and business editor of WRAL.com. RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – “Broadband for all” will be the recurring theme over the next three days in Raleigh as hundreds of Internet, telecommunications and government officials gather for the “Rural TeleCon” conference at the Raleigh Civic Center. Put on in part by e-NC, the group tasked by the General Assembly with the job of spreading broadband across North Carolina, the TeleCon conference will features speakers and panel discussions about what has worked and what hasn’t in programs designed to make high-speed net access available to areas outside metropolitan centers. “This is going to be a great, great program,” said Jane Patterson, head of e-NC and a pioneer in broadband efforts not only in her home state but for the country. North Carolina serving as host is appropriate, given the efforts of people such as Patterson and executives at MCNC over the past two decades to take high-speed Internet beyond the Triangle, Charlotte and other urban centers and universities. MCNC under Chief Executive Officer Joe Freddoso and with the support of the economic development group Golden LEAF as well as the federal government is greatly expanding the reach of the North Carolina Research and Education Network. By 2014, broadband from Manteo to Murphy, Outer Banks to Grandfather Mountain, will be a reality. UNC-NCSU’s DeSimone To Talk Innovation Among the conference highlights will be a presentation from someone not known for Internet but certainly recognized as an innovator and inventor. Joe DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering at NCSU, will talk about innovation and technology

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in a keynote on Tuesday morning. DeSimone has launched several companies and is a pioneer in nanotechnology as well as chemistry, Cynthia Marshall, president of AT&T in North Carolina, will moderate a panel discussion about how to spread broadband access following DeSimone’s presentation. What should be a very interesting presentation is set for Wednesday when Mark Wells, executive director, of the Rockingham County Business and Technology Center, talks about “Shifting a Community’s Focus to Tech-based Economic Development.” Broadband access without economic development leaves members of a community with onramps to the information highway, as the old cliché goes, but no off ramps to a better future. For more about the conference, read here. Get the latest news alerts: Follow WRAL Tech Wire at Twitter.

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MCNC's NCREN plan Image 1 of 2 · Next Image… By WRAL Tech Wire RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — MCNC will work with a New York-based not-for-profit firm to help drive commercial use of fiber capacity in the expanding North Carolina Research and Education Network. In a deal disclosed Wednesday, MCNC said it selected ECC Technologies to be its partner in driving business to NCREN’s growing backbone. ECC Technologies, which is based in New York and has an office in Wake Forest, works with groups around the country to build community support and use of broadband services. Under the agreement with MCNC, ECC will be compensated for business it brings to the network. Commercial and private traffic will not be carried on fiber that is maintained by MCNC, however, but on separate strands. MCNC anticipates that ECC will help clients build business cases for extension of broadband services into communities and rural areas that do not have broadband or have limited choices. The deal with ECC covers the second round of the expansion of NCREN that is being underwritten in large part by a grant from the federal government and support from the Golden LEAF economic development organization. The cost of the second phase, which covers 1,700 miles of fiber, is $104 million with $24 million coming from Golden LEAF. "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina,” said MCNC Chief Executive Officer Joe Freddoso. “These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve.

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“ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas,” he added. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by early 2013. The first phase of construction is well underway with most of the new fiber in place, Freddoso said in a conference call on Tuesday. Freddoso also said that some groups and businesses had expressed interest in capitalizing on the fiber network. The primary users of NCREN are the state’s universities as well as public and charter schools, community colleges, non-profit hospitals and public health and safety groups. ECC is tasked to work with other broadband and telecommunications providers as well as private firms and others who want to link to the NCREN backbone. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. “The [Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative] is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness.” In the conference call, Stark said the company would see add several people to its Wake Forest operation. The second phase of the project is three-times the size of the first, which covers 412 miles. Total cost of the project is more than $140 million. Get the latest news alerts: Follow WRAL Tech Wire at Twitter.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-forprofit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas."

Related Topics Recommended Stocks Top Cd Rates Swing Trading Day Trading Best Stocks Value Penny Stocks Penny Stock Ipos MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service

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"We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 tobaccodependent, 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org SOURCE MCNC

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans.

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broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org SOURCE MCNC Send

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SOURCE: Raleigh (NC) News & Observer AUDIENCE: 541,069 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 10−05−2011 HEADLINE: MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber Source Website RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.,Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies ofWake Forest, N.C., andPenfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in ruralNorth Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," saidJoe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised$28.25 million in private matching funds and received$75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted$24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) inNorth Carolina. Those CAIs include all K−12 public schools, community colleges,University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions inNorth Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments inNortheast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central,Graham County,Charlotte toWilmington,Charlotte toKannapolis, andHamlet toRaleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last−mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16−year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions inNorth Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," saidJoe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughoutNorth Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders inNortheast North 1


Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over$1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community−wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over$511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visitwww.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. MCNC/BTOP Central Webspace For more information regarding all of MCNC's BTOP activities, visitMCNC's BTOP Central Web Space 2


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. 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 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 orpress@mcnc.org SOURCE MCNC (c) Copyright 2011 FinancialContent Services, Inc. Highlights: NC, NORTH CAROLINA, MCNC, BTOP, N.C, North Carolina, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, mcnc.org, NorthCarolina, GoldenLEAF

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas."

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MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will

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"Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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

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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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org SOURCE MCNC Send

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SOURCE: Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area (Greensboro,NC) AUDIENCE: 2,416,947 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 10−05−2011 HEADLINE: MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber Source Website MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber PR Newswire RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.,Oct. 5, 2011/PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). A, "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. A, The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K−12 public schools, community colleges,University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina(including the Outer Banks), North Central,Graham County,Charlotte to Wilmington,Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last−mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16−year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband 1


infrastructure. A, The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. A, "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community−wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 2


684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org 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, MCNC, BTOP, N.C, North Carolina, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, mcnc.org, North Carolina, Golden LEAF

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"MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 of the 36 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; and, along with the N.C. 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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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit

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"MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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

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districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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SOURCE: Business Journal Charlotte (NC) AUDIENCE: 2,416,947 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 10−05−2011 HEADLINE: MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber Source Website MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber PR Newswire RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.,Oct. 5, 2011/PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). A, "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. A, The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K−12 public schools, community colleges,University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina(including the Outer Banks), North Central,Graham County,Charlotte to Wilmington,Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last−mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16−year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband 1


infrastructure. A, The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. A, "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community−wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 2


684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org 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, MCNC, BTOP, N.C, North Carolina, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, mcnc.org, North Carolina, Golden LEAF

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"MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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

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districts in North Carolina, the NCREN user-community now includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. About The Golden LEAF Foundation The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. 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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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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SOURCE: Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh−Durham, NC) AUDIENCE: 2,416,947 [provided by Nielsen//NetRatings] DATE: 10−05−2011 HEADLINE: MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber Source Website MCNC Names ECC Technologies Marketing Agent for BTOP Round 2 Fiber PR Newswire RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.,Oct. 5, 2011/PRNewswire−USNewswire/ −−MCNC, the private, not−for−profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K−12 public schools, community colleges,University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non−profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina(including the Outer Banks), North Central,Graham County,Charlotte to Wilmington,Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last−mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16−year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband 1


infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community−wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 2


684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org 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, MCNC, BTOP, N.C, North Carolina, Research and Education Network, NCREN, Golden LEAF, Rural Broadband Initiative, mcnc.org, North Carolina, Golden LEAF

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"MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas."

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MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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; 24 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 ECC Technologies

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ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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"MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are looking forward to working with leaders throughout North Carolina and helping discover how the GLRBI can be part of their plans to create a prosperous future." Noel Preston, chairman of the Northeast Rural Broadband, said that for years leaders in Northeast North Carolina have realized the critical nature of reaching underserved businesses and consumers with more affordable broadband service. "We know that realizing that vision is only possible if the public sector and private sector work together," said Preston. "The GLRBI has provided a catalytic step to energizing this vision. By working with ECC Technologies and MCNC, we hope to form the partnerships to help realize this vision." 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 the NCREN network, 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

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Administration; 24 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 ECC Technologies ECC Technologies is a full service technology and communications consulting group. Over the past decade, ECC has been involved in over $1 Billion worth of project development worldwide. They are a leader in community-wide telecommunications planning and analysis and also specialize in project planning, design, engineering, implementation, and support services for educational, corporate, and community environments. 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 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684.8404. 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. 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. Editorial Contacts MCNC Communications Hotline: (919) 248.4105 Noah Garrett, NGC Communications, on behalf of MCNC: (252) 423.1277 or press@mcnc.org Š2011 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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Attendees at the 2010 Internet Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center. The RCC promises a "Super Connection" able to handle the large crowd expected for the 2011 event Nov. 15-16. Tired of trying to nab an Internet connection at tech events? One thing attendees at Tech Media’s 2011 Internet Summit can look forward to Nov. 15-16 is a high speed ”Super Connection” for wireless access to the Internet at North Carolina’s Raleigh Convention Center. So, they’ll be able to tweet, blog, and stay connected from the opening keynote to the final event. For the thousands of gamers and spectators at the Raleigh Convention Center and the millions watching online, the recent Major League Gaming tournament that swept through the city last month went off like one of the carefully orchestrated Call of Duty maneuvers performed by the expert competitive gamers on hand.

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Gamers at the Raleigh Convention Center Major League Gaming Event. How many venues have enough wireless bandwidth for that? Similarly, as the host venue for the Internet2 and Internet Summit conferences, our system has to go above and beyond what a typical convention center offers. For Internet2, that meant creating a super high speed fiber connection over multiple blocks to connect the conference to Raleigh’s fiber-optic point of presence (courtesy of MCNC). The result is a connection at speeds of 10 gigabits per second. These connection speeds recently allowed an innovator who invented an online communications system free of any lag or buffering to host a duet of classical musicians. A violinist performed in the convention center while a cellist performed at Northern Illinois University — in perfect unison. “As the way we meet and learn changes, we’re also focused on ensuring that meeting goers can access the Web from everywhere and anywhere at the convention center,” says Dave Chapman, RCC’s IT director. “Whether it is a meeting of 20 or 2,000, meeting planners can be confident that their attendees will be able to access the Web and the information they need wirelessly. It’s all part of what our team thinks of as “Super Connection.” “And by “team,” we don’t just mean us lovable geeks in the IT office.” He adds, “Everyone — from sales staff to docents to convention center directors — are now to some degree on the tech team. It’s key that we all understand at least the basics of our tech-savvy customers’ expectations, and be able to participate in the process of finding solutions or at least communicating those solutions to the client.”

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The annual Tech Media Internet Summit draws a large number of attendees. This year they will hear from more than 120 digital media thought leaders. Tech prowess is now an important differentiator in a crowded market. The designers of the convention center in Raleigh anticipated this dawning age of Super Connection. From the miles of internal multi-mode and single-mode fiber to the beefy Cisco network hardware to the fiber data connections to multiple carriers including AT&T, Time Warner, TW Telecom, and MCNC, RCC can deliver on needs large and small. For MLG, delivery meant syncing up the hundreds of gaming systems, monitors, speakers, headsets and controllers so the competitors could throw down in their virtual worlds all while their glories and defeats were broadcast all over the real world. It also meant ensuring play by play, hit by hit and magical spell by magical spell could be broadcast by on-hand color commentators. So, as you grab a hold of that controller and practice for next year’s tournament or look around for a venue to host your next tech conference, you can rest assured that RCC can put you and thousands more online, the RCC experts say. The 2011 Internet Summit is the largest ever, with 120 digital media and Internet business thought leaders presenting over the two-day event.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has selected ECC Technologies of Wake Forest, N.C., and Penfield, N.Y., to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). "MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas." MCNC raised $28.25 million in private matching funds and received $75.75 million in BTOP funds to build and acquire 1,700 miles of fiber as part of the second phase of the GLRBI. The Golden LEAF Foundation granted $24 million of the matching funds for this phase of the expansion. Construction on the new build portion of the second phase of network expansion began in July and will conclude in spring 2013. MCNC will use the new fiber to expand the capacity of NCREN, which serves as the backbone Intranet and Internet network for a significant number of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in North Carolina. Those CAIs include all K-12 public schools, community colleges, University of North Carolina System institutions and select private colleges and universities, non-profit hospitals, public health, and public safety institutions in North Carolina. In addition to serving rural and underserved CAIs through NCREN's historic expansion, commercial businesses and consumers also can be served on all segments of the new GLRBI infrastructure. This includes segments in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh. ECC will be responsible for working with public sector entities, private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to reach these underserved consumers and businesses with affordable broadband service using the GLRBI fiber. ECC has a 16-year history of creating collaborative agreements that expand broadband services in rural areas. ECC will begin its efforts on behalf of MCNC with extensive outreach to groups of leaders in areas of the GLRBI build. Groups of advocates, such as Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership, have already begun to formulate their strategies for leveraging the GLRBI fiber to expand broadband options for businesses and consumers in their respective regions. ECC will work with existing and emerging groups like the Northeast Rural Broadband Partnership to assist them in understanding the role the GLRBI fiber can play in their broadband expansion plans. "Many rural regions in North Carolina have been left behind in the race to build out critical broadband infrastructure. The GLRBI is the first step for these regions and their leaders to leverage an infrastructure that is now critical for prosperity, education, healthcare, and global competitiveness," said Joe Starks, CEO and founder of ECC Technologies. "We are

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"MCNC was looking for a fiber marketing partner who shared its goals of leveraging this GLRBI fiber to expand broadband service options for businesses and consumers in rural North Carolina. These are entities that MCNC will not serve directly but are opportunities for commercial service providers to serve," said Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC. "ECC has a proven track record of working with local and regional business and policy leaders to leverage fiber assets to help expand service in underserved areas."

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(Research Triangle Park, N.C.) MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified contractors to attach new NCDOT-approved conduit and fiber cable along five North Carolina bridges included on the project route for the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI) awarded through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This RFP is designated for bridges in northeast North Carolina to include: Virginia Dare Bridge (U.S. 64 Bypass over Croatan Sound); U.S. 17 over Chowan River; U.S. 94 over Intracoastal Waterway; Washington Baum Bridge (U.S. 64 Bypass over Roanoke Sound); and the Wright Memorial Bridge (U.S. 158 over Currituck Sound). Respondents may submit proposals for one or all of the bridges. At MCNC’s sole discretion, each bridge may be awarded separately or not at all. MCNC has applied for encroachment permits from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to allow for the installation of conduit on all of the bridges included on the project route. Receipt of approved encroachment permits is anticipated prior to the selection of a contractor. Proposals will be accepted in electronic format only. A direct link to this RFP is available online by clicking here. Proposals should be submitted to MCNC Chief Financial Officer Patricia Moody at pmoody@mcnc.org. Vendors assume all risk of email delivery. The firm deadline for submission is Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. EST. Late proposals will not be accepted or reviewed. All inquiries and questions related to this RFP must be directed in writing via email to MCNC’s BTOP RFP Review Committee at btop-notices-bridge@mcnc.org. To maintain fairness to all bidders, any attempts to contact MCNC staff regarding this RFP outside of this specifically provided email vehicle will be grounds for MCNC to reject a submission. All questions will be considered to be public and released with appropriate answers to https://www.mcnc.org/btop/btop2-rfp/bridge-questions within 48 business hours of receipt. The last date for questions will be 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 16. Interested parties also can register to view the RFP and other relevant information at www.mcnc.org/btop. The GLRBI must be completed in accordance to federal guidelines. To keep from impacting the citizens and tourism in these regions, it is expected that no work for this portion of the project begin prior to Oct. 15, 2011, with all work required to be complete by April 1, 2012. All construction for both Round 1 and Round 2 portions of the GLRBI 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. The vendor(s) selected for this RFP will join all of the following firms for Round 2: Globe Communications, Fiber Technologies, Edwards Telecommunications, CommScope, and Kimley-Horn and Associates. MCNC reserves the right to modify any information presented in this RFP as information becomes available.

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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 1,110 grants worth over $511 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. Want to learn more about commercializing technological innovations? Visit TechnovationEntrepreneur.com. Comments are closed.

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MCNC is offering pilot testing on Movi video conferencing software from now until the end of the year without charge for users on the North Carolina Research and Education Network. By WRAL Tech Wire RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Mobile is the new way to work – including video conferencing. MCNC is now offering Movi desktop video conferencing software at no charge to users of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) from now until Dec. 31. MCNC is the private, non-profit operator of NCREN. Movi is a “soft-client” application that operates with your PC or Mac to provide high-definition, telepresence-quality video communications whenever and wherever you need it. This solution allows users to participate in point-to-point and multi-point video conferences and easily integrates across the network to keep users connected. Is Movi the same as Skype, Google Talk, or iChat? No. Movi is industrial-strength software that integrates into any industry standards-based video conference solution, while those applications do not. It allows you to have video conferences with one or more participants; providing each participant with the ability to hear and see the other attendees as well as share any running application(s) on her/his screen in real time. Peter Janca, Advanced Development lead for the MCNC video upgrade program, said that in the past – due to size and cost – video conferencing was limited to specially-equipped video rooms and trained operators. MCNC is testing Movi, which is Cisco’s version of a soft client, although users are not limited to communicating only to other Movi users. “We are excited about the ways this desktop-based software can now expand the use of true video conferencing to any person with a decent connection,” said Janca. “We think it will offer our community new and cost-effective ways to collaborate, communicate, and educate.” All Movi users must have access to a high-speed internet connection, a PC or Mac which is 3

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years old or newer, and a Web cam (which is built into most recent PC or Macs). As far as tablet computers, functionality will depend on which device, operating system, and soft client users choose to use. MCNC is encouraging people to try any soft clients they want because part of the evaluation is to see whether Movi offers something beyond what the NCREN community can get at a better cost. Again, this pilot service is being provided to members of the NCREN Community without charge through the end of the calendar year. Users also must agree to provide timely feedback to MCNC about their experiences on the templates provided on the MCNC website. By the end of the evaluation period, MCNC will outline whether or not Movi provided test users with the desired video conferencing experience, whether it can play a useful role within MCNC’s overall video conferencing solution strategy, and whether it is supportable – both from a front-line and back-end (scalable) viewpoint. Interested in participating in the pilot? Click here to sign up. Get the latest news alerts: Follow WRAL Tech Wire at Twitter. Copyright 2011 WRAL Tech Wire. All rights reserved. Tags: Broadband, MCNC, Cisco, Telecommunications and Wireless

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October 06, 2011 By: NCTechNews Category: Broadband (Edenton, N.C.) Northeast Rural Broadband (NERB) is beginning work with rural communities in northeastern NC to ensure they are able to deploy “Last Mile” high-speed broadband coverage. NERB was recently involved in the review process that led to selection of ECC Technologies, the company which will market a statewide $105 million “Middle Mile” fiber build. NERB will work with ECC to identify an initial sub-section of 2-3 counties within northeastern NC. These communities will be among the first to receive specialized planning assistance from ECC Technologies and a draft broadband deployment strategy. “The economic, educational and health opportunities represented by high-speed broadband, particularly for smaller rural communities, cannot be overstated,” says NERB Chairman, Rear Admiral Noel Preston (US Navy Ret), “The main objective of our not-for-profit organization is to make sure the underserved areas of the northeast region have access to affordable, reliable high-speed broadband. We look forward to working with the northeastern communities and ECC Technologies to realize ‘Last Mile’ solutions that accomplish this objective.” The discussion of “Last Mile” options is only made possible because of the organization MCNC, which earlier secured primary funding through the Golden LEAF Foundation and the federal stimulus program, BTOP, to develop a 2,500 mile fiber broadband network throughout the state known as the “Middle Mile.” The Middle Mile is often likened to a highway with a few off ramps but no roads to get to individual homes and businesses, thus the need for the Last Mile. To bridge the Last Mile, groups like NERB and the Northeast Commission, an economic development organization for the area, recognize an absolute need for community outreach and involvement. “MCNC and the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative are providing our area with a great foundation to build on, but it will be up to our communities to realize the full potential,” according to Paul Tine, the Northeast Commission’s Logistics Committee Chair.

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Northeast Rural Broadband is well positioned to help communities meet the challenges ahead and welcomes the support of key groups. “Northeast North Carolina was a natural place to focus one of our initial pilot projects,” stated Joe Fredosso, CEO of MCNC. “The region has long been identified as having a large concentration of underserved areas as well as significant economic challenges. We have been impressed with Northeast Rural Broadband’s existing outreach programs and their commitment. All told this looks like the right place to start.”

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