Tech company finishes rural broadband project

POSTED: 3:03 PM Aug 12 2013   UPDATED: 3:03 PM Aug 12 2013
CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG COUNTY -

A North Carolina technology company is completing a $144 million project that's expanding broadband service to rural parts of the state.

The nonprofit MCNC builds, owns and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network.

For more than 25 years, a growing number of research, education, health care and community institutions have connected to the network.

MCNA president Joe Freddosa says the completion of the last phase of the rural broadband initiative will open up more available broadband service in rural North Carolina.

The fiber-based network now spans 2,600 miles

Freddosa says the initiative should be a great economic development tool for the state.