MCNC seeks private-sector partner for Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative

MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), announced today that it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a private-sector service provider to oversee commercial broadband opportunities included in the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). The GLRBI is the name given to the second of MCNC’s two Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards. Proposals from qualified service providers will be received until July 8 at 5 p.m. EST.

The private-sector service provider will be responsible for marketing GLRBI fiber and other broadband services to private business enterprises, wholesale service providers, and to last-mile service providers who are seeking to expand service offerings to underserved consumers and businesses in the areas of the GLRBI build.

This partner also will oversee routine and emergency maintenance of the GLRBI fiber. MCNC envisions the partner functioning similarly to FRC/PalmettoNet – MCNC’s private-sector partner for the first round BTOP award.

Capacity for commercial business and consumer use exists on all new build segments of the GLRBI in Northeast North Carolina (including the Outer Banks region), North Central, Graham County, Charlotte to Wilmington, Charlotte to Kannapolis, and Hamlet to Raleigh routes. Capacity also exits on 180 lateral extensions being built to specific community anchor institutions (community colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, public libraries, public health and non-profit healthcare facilities) in these service regions.

Please download the MCNC RFP.