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  • From: "Scott Yates" <>
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  • Subject: Radio Stations Webcast Via New Internet Protocol
  • Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 10:51:11 -0500



NCNI enables to stream WCPE and WXYC radio using IPv6


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2004) – today announced that a team from the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and the CENTAUR Lab at NC State University’s Centennial Campus has enabled to begin broadcasting two radio streams using Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). is one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet. It is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.


IPv6 is the foundation for the next generation Internet, which is currently based on version 4 of the Internet Protocol (IPv4). The broadcast streams are accessible to a growing number of computer users worldwide via networks that support the new protocol.


“This is another example of ibiblio being at the forefront of the Internet technology curve,” said Paul Jones, director of “WXYC, UNC-Chapel Hill’s student radio station, was the first radio station to provide a 24/7 Webcast 10 years ago.”


The primary users of IPv6 today are those in the research and education community, the same early-adopter community that fostered the growth of today’s Internet. NCNI provides the IPv6 support for UNC-CH and ibiblio. It also facilitates the IPv6 connection to Abilene (the Internet2 backbone network) that allows the streams to be picked up by IPv6 users worldwide.


"Much of the benefit of IPv6 will not be apparent to radio listeners initially. They will hear the same high-quality audio stream that ibiblio now provides with IPv4,” said John Moore, technical director of CENTAUR Labs. “But from a network engineering perspective, gaining experience in using this new technology will ultimately enable new services, particularly in the area of mobile multimedia.”


“This work is a great example of merging leading-edge technology into the existing production environment,” says John Streck, director of the CENTAUR Labs and director of networking research and development for the NC State Information Technology Division. “It is directly aimed at improving North Carolina’s research, education and economic competitiveness in the global marketplace.”


About CENTAUR Labs at NC State University

CENTAUR Labs at NC State University serves as a focal point within North Carolina for collaborations between state and national research and education networking communities and their corporate networking partners. It is the home of the North Carolina Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (NC-ITEC) chartered by Internet2 as a national backbone test lab. CENTAUR also provides testing and research services for the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI). For more information, please see


About is a contributor-run digital library and archive serving the world. Although ibiblio began as a way to share and support all kinds of free software, it now hosts over 1,500 non-software related projects. From Project Gutenburg (the famous free book archive) to (where fans of tape-friendly bands share concert music); from charities and non profits both in North Carolina and worldwide (especially those of the Tibetan government in exile) to video documentaries of folk practice; and from educational sites to those of odd amusements, serves over 10 million requests for information per day.


In addition to Web-based services, is involved in Internet2 projects, 3-D environments, video archiving, and supports NASA educational video and the streaming of six not-for-profit radio stations. is also involved in free software development directly with several local projects as well as leadership in the Linux Documentation Project. For more information see: and visit ibiblio at


About Internet2

Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government, Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today’s Internet in its infancy. For more information, visit:


About NCNI

The North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI) is an advanced networking collaborative of North Carolina’s foremost network research institutions – Duke University, N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and MCNC. Working together, these institutions have taken a leadership role in the development and early deployment of next-generation networking  technologies. MCNC’s North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) supports NCNI’s network research and experimentation initiatives. Engineering of the portion of the NCREN network serving the NCNI member universities is done in collaboration with NCNI and industry partners. Networking and infrastructure initiatives through NCNI support advanced research on the campuses of the founding universities and drive the development of future services for NCREN to benefit the entire state of North Carolina.  For more information, please see and


About NC State University

North Carolina State University is a campus of achievers. As a progressive, research-extensive land-grant institution, NC State educates students for the 21st century and inspires future leaders. It forges unique partnerships that generate economic development, and applies its research discoveries for the benefit of people in North Carolina and across the United States.


A nationally recognized leader in science and technology with historic strengths in agriculture and engineering, NC State has evolved into a comprehensive community of scholars that also has outstanding degree programs in the humanities and social sciences, design, education, life sciences, management, natural resources, physical and mathematical sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine. The university's unique research park, Centennial Campus, hosts more than 100 companies and agencies and creates an advanced technology community where university, industry and government partners produce scientific and technical innovations. NC State serves all North Carolina communities through statewide research, extension and engagement activities.


About UNC-CH

Through its teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an educational and economic beacon for the people of North Carolina and beyond. Chartered in 1789, Carolina is the nation's first state university and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century. Now in its third century, Carolina offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in academic areas critical to North Carolina's future: business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. The health sciences are well integrated with the liberal arts, basic sciences and high-tech programs. Patient outreach programs affiliated with Carolina and the UNC Health Care System serve citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. For more information, see


About WCPE

The Classical Station, WCPE, is a l00% listener-supported nonprofit radio station dedicated to bringing Great Classical Music to everyone 24 hours a day.  In addition to streaming audio online, WCPE's programming is available in central North Carolina on 89.7 FM, as well as through satellite, cable systems and affiliate radio stations nationwide.  For more information, visit WCPE online at


About WXYC

WXYC 89.3 FM is the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A non-commercial station with an educational mission, WXYC has free-format non-block programming that emphasizes the linkages and commonalities between diverse styles and genres of music (including both new and old, local and international). On November 7th, 1994, WXYC became the first radio station in the world to begin simulcasting its signal over the Internet 24 hours a day. For more information about WXYC and its upcoming 10th Anniversary of Webcasting Celebration, please visit


Media Contact

Scott Yates, MCNC (on behalf of NCNI)




  • Radio Stations Webcast Via New Internet Protocol, Scott Yates, 11/03/2004

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