Case Study: MCNC

Leveraging the network to achieve digital equity

35 years ago, MCNC set out to provide communities across North Carolina with equal access to the Internet. Today, MCNC owns and operates the largest fiber optic network in the state, using Cisco technology to improve lives in even the most rural areas.



  • Ensure equal access to the Internet in rural communities
  • Enable schools and colleges across the state to access the power of the network
  • Address the "homework gap" for students who lack Internet access at home


  • MCNC has created the largest fiber optic network in the state
  • They help community anchor institutions harness the power of the network across the state
  • North Carolina is becoming one of the most connected states in the country with strong rural broadband

What they're saying

We've been working with Cisco for probably 30 years. As our physical network has grown, we’ve really partnered with Cisco to utilize their state-of-the-art equipment to allow our broadband network to do all the things that it needs to do.

Jean Davis, President and CEO, MCNC

Using the network to improve care

See how MCNC and Cisco customer, ECU School of Dental Medicine, delivers dental services to rural communities while ensuring their students stay connected. Just one example of a key anchor institution that is leveraging the network to ensure better care for North Carolina residents.

Who is MCNC?

Industry: Service Provider
Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Size: Under 100 employees