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MCNC partners with best of breed service and application providers to develop, deploy and sustain solutions for NCREN connectors.


For more than 30 years, MCNC has operated a robust, secure, exclusive communications network that has connected 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.

MCNC has expanded the reach of its services to non-profit and university hospitals, public safety, libraries and other key CAIs. Through two Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) grants and other private investments, MCNC invested over $140M in a network infrastructure that is able to meet the rapidly increasing bandwidth demands and shared services needs of North Carolina-based CAIs for the foreseeable future.

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, as of June 2017, the NCREN user community includes: 17 institutions of the UNC System and General Administration; 128 North Carolina Charter Schools; 21 private colleges and universities; 58 North Carolina Community Colleges; research institutions and foundations; 23 public safety locations and, along with the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services and other partners, MCNC provides broadband services for numerous non-profit hospitals and public health agencies through the N.C. Telehealth Network.

MCNC is the company and NCREN is the network, our flagship product.
MCNC is Connecting North Carolina’s Future Today.