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  • From: Greg Wood <>
  • To: "i2- news"
  • Subject: MCNC Assigned Fiber from Raleigh to Charlotte through FiberCo
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 13:28:02 -0400
  • Organization: Internet2

Greg Wood
(202) 331-5360

MCNC Assigned Fiber from Raleigh to Charlotte through FiberCo

ANN ARBOR, MI – June 16, 2004 – FiberCo(TM), a fiber holding company supporting U.S. research and higher education, today announced that MCNC Grid Computing & Networking Services was assigned a pair of dark fiber between Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina. MCNC will use this asset in support of providing North Carolina universities access to the National LambdaRail (NLR) optical infrastructure and the Abilene Network. The fiber also gives the MCNC the opportunity to enhance their production network to 10 Gigabits per second as well as conduct optical network research on a broader scale than currently possible.

MCNC Grid Computing & Networking Services is an independent, non-profit, advanced information technology research and service center that develops, tests and deploys grid computing and advanced networking solutions.

"This is an exciting opportunity for North Carolina," said Mark Johnson, director of the Advanced Technology Group at the MCNC. "We chose to work through FiberCo because of the national-scale pricing structure and streamlined fiber acquisition process that it has developed."

Established by Internet2(R), a consortium of 206 universities working with government and industry to develop and deploy advanced networking technologies, FiberCo provides a means for acquiring, holding, and assigning dark fiber assets on both the national and the regional scales and on behalf of the higher education community. Under an agreement with Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT), FiberCo has the ability to provision both from an initial allocation of more than 2,600 route miles and from future acquisitions of dark fiber on Level 3’s national footprint.

"MCNC, in close partnership with the research universities in North Carolina, has been a leader in optical networking research and advanced implementation efforts for some time now," said Steve Corbató, director of network infrastructure for Internet2. "We anticipate that this fiber assignment will represent a key step towards extending the deployment of leading-edge optical networking capabilities throughout North Carolina."

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About MCNC
MCNC is a private, independent, non-profit corporation established in 1980 to advance technology-led economic development and job creation throughout North Carolina. MCNC Grid Computing & Networking Services is building one of the country’s first statewide grid computing networks for research and education, and it delivers advanced communications resources throughout North Carolina to more than 180 public and private institutions, including universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, libraries, state government, private research institutions and commercial businesses. MCNC Research & Development Institute develops new technologies through its own initiatives and as a research partner for businesses and the U.S. government, conducting advanced and applied research across a broad technology spectrum, including microsystems, flexible electronics, sensor development, signal electronics, wireless systems, microfabrication, high-speed secure networks and grid computing. MCNC Ventures provides early-stage funding and assistance to entrepreneurial start-up companies. The MCNC family of companies is located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. For more information, please visit

About FiberCo(TM)
FiberCo provides a means for acquiring, holding, and assigning fiber optic network assets in support of the Internet2 community’s goals of developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies. FiberCo facilitates the ongoing development of regional optical networking initiatives around the country to complement existing Internet2 network infrastructure while providing a strategic fiber acquisition capability on the national scale. For more information, visit:

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 (Nasdaq:LVLT) is an international communications and information services company. The company operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world, is one of the largest providers of wholesale dial-up service to ISPs in North America and is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers, through its cable and DSL partners. The company offers a wide range of communications services over its 22,500-mile broadband fiber optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, collocation services, and patented Softswitch managed modem and voice services. Its Web address is

  • MCNC Assigned Fiber from Raleigh to Charlotte through FiberCo, Greg Wood, 06/16/2004

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