MCNC, a technology nonprofit that builds, owns and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) has served research, education, non-profit health care and other community institutions in the state for more than 30 years. NCREN currently serves as the fundamental broadband infrastructure for more than 500 of these institutions including all NC K-20 public education. NCREN, one of the nation’s premier middle-mile backbone networks, allows MCNC to customize services and applications, further enabling private-sector providers to leverage high-speed fiber to bring cost-efficient connectivity to rural and underserved areas of North Carolina. Our business and partnering strategy gives the state a competitive advantage and is driving the interconnected economy in North Carolina.