Statewide payoff: NCREN network attracting more commercial Internet providers (WRAL Techwire) – July 30, 2013

“A fiber-optic network that will make high-speed commercial Internet widely available across North Carolina from one provider is one of numerous private sector efforts focused on taking the net to under-served areas and those with little or no access at all. These networks have one backbone piece in common – North Carolina’s Research and Education Network that stretches from the coast to the mountains after a $144 million expansion program.” (subscription required)