Companies selected today for initial build-out of the North Carolina Research and Education Network
announced today that three companies have been selected to share an estimated
for construction related to the fiber-optic expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in southeastern and western
. A fourth company was chosen for an additional
contract for the optical design portion of the project.
joined other state and federal officials at CommScope in
for a groundbreaking ceremony that highlighted the kick-off of MCNC's initial phase of expanding NCREN. This project will create jobs in these regions and bring critical broadband infrastructure to 37 counties in the state.
"We are embarking on a public-private partnership that will literally change the way
communicates with the rest of the world," Gov. Perdue said. "From the mountains to the coast, broadband access is a difference-maker for rural
. And, it's a great example of how our state is leading America's recovery."
MCNC sought proposals from qualified contractors in August to construct a new fiber-cable network to connect community anchor institutions (universities, community colleges, schools, libraries, county offices and more) to a statewide fiber-optic network.
For segments in the west, a contract was awarded to Fiber Technologies, Inc., a Quanta Services company (NYSE: PWR). Under the agreement, Fiber Technologies will install approximately 200 miles of fiber in the west that includes segments from
Globe Communications was chosen for segments in the east that includes about 220 miles starting in
and running through
before ending in
Comtech was selected for all fiber splicing related to this portion of the project, and Cisco Systems has been chosen for the optical design portion of the project.