Merit Network is a collaborative community of education and research
organizations that utilizes Merit's high-performance network, essential
services, and exceptional Member support to help your institution
achieve its mission and goals.
Merit believes in the strength of a vibrant, collaborative educational
community. By connecting organizations, building relationships and
sharing services, educational institutions can achieve far more together
than they can alone.
REACH-3MC Broadband Stimulus Project
In 2010, Merit Network, Inc. received two federal grants from funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, totaling more than $100 million for Merit's broadband project, REACH-3MC. The Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Health care - Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC) is a collaboration that will build much needed broadband infrastructure in many parts of the state. The first grant for $33.3 million will enable the construction of a 1,017 mile open-access network in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The second grant for $69.6 million will be used to add an additional 1,270 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. REACH-3MC is middle-mile infrastructure project funded through a program of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
If you're interested in connecting to our network as part of this project, please
contact K-12 Support at 734-527-5772 or
For more information, please see:
Merit has been participating in the E-rate program since its inception. As the chosen service provider for many of Michigan's ISDs, school districts, and libraries, we know that planning ahead for your connectivity needs helps to streamline the application process and reduce headaches in the years ahead. For application window information, please see
our E-rate section.
If you haven't worked with Merit before, give us a call today to talk about how our end-to-end services can benefit your organization. If you're already a Member, contact us with any questions you have about planning for your bandwidth, voice, and e-mail needs.