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.
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. Eight responses were received by the April 1st deadline. The NCNGN Steering Committee is currently involved in on-going due diligence and discussions with the respondents.
NCNGN Welcomes Google’s Announcement
February 19, 2014 – Today’s announcement that several Triangle area cities and towns are among a small list of communities across the country that Google is exploring as future sites for Google Fiber is welcome news to the 10 municipalities and universities collaborating on the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN). Google’s announcement validates the pioneering and on-going work communities have done to try to bring faster networks to central North Carolina to satisfy citizen demand for faster Internet speeds.
Today’s announcement does not change our members’ commitment to participation in the NCNGN initiative but instead offers one more layer of opportunity and competition that will help bring competitively priced access to gigabit internet speeds that would be 100 times faster than today’s basic speeds.
During its assessment, Google will consider many technical and legal details about the areas before deciding whether to bring Google Fiber to the communities named today. In the meantime, the NCNGN members are continuing to work with multiple vendors on plans to provide citizens with competitively priced access to gigabit internet speeds.