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'Connectivity Project's on Track to Link N.C. Public Schools to High-Speed Access

The "Connectivity Project" is funded, and public schools across North Carolina soon will begin to benefit.

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The “Connectivity Project” is funded, and public schools across North Carolina soon will begin to benefit.

The new state budget includes $12 million in recurring funding that is to be used to provide broadband access to K-12 institutions.

While a final backbone provider has yet to be selected, it appears the North Carolina Research and Education Network, or NCREN, is the logical choice. Operated by MCNC, the network provides high-speed bandwidth across much of the state already, linking members of the University of North Carolina system. MCNC also has direct links to other high-speed links such as Internet 2.

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