MBC has partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA), who co-invested in the network upgrade to support their 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s) connections to Internet2 and collaborations with Research and Development institutions. MARIA is a non-profit corporation that brings together Virginia’s major research universities to facilitate access to shared technology infrastructure for research, also known as cyberinfrastructure. MARIA members include the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. Internet2 is currently the United States’ largest and fastest, globally connected Research and Education network
MBC is committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia by operating nearly 2,000 miles of open-access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport, dark fiber and colocation services. With presence in major internet peering exchange points, MBC reduces the cost of Internet access for wholesale customers and reduces the time and cost to reach customers in rural Virginia markets. MBC’s network supports job creation as a critical element in the recruitment of major commercial investments.