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

Posted August 10, 2007 8:24 a.m. EDT
Updated December 19, 2017 9:16 a.m. EST

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.