North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation broadband networks in North Carolina. The coordinated effort is led by six municipalities and four leading research universities and supported by local Chambers of Commerce and businesses in the Research Triangle and Piedmont regions. NCNGN’s goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our regions and state remain competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy.
The NCNGN members, which include the municipalities of Cary, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem and their university partners Duke University, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center began collaborating in the summer of 2012.
On February 1, 2013, NCNGN, through the Triangle J Council of Governments, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting one or more private companies to build and operate the desired networks. On April 8th, 2014, the Steering Committee of the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) unanimously and enthusiastically approved a resolution recommending that its members seek authorization to enter master network development agreements with AT&T. Since then, AT&T has been actively installing fiber optic cable and other equipment in the NCNGN communities, and are now offering their GigaPower services in select areas.
NCNGN continues to work with AT&T and other gigabit service providers throughout the North Carolina Triangle and Triad regions to expose the potential of gigabit speeds and to encourage development of software applications that leverage high speed communications. NCNGN is a one of 15 nationally recognized organizations that are part of US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation.