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Broadband Stimulus Project completed in Menominee

By ABC 10
November 21, 2013 12:48 pm

Article reprinted from ABC 10 web site

An Upper Peninsula city celebrated the completion of new $130 million dollar project Wednesday.

Ann Arbor-based Merit completed new segments of its Broadband Stimulus Project in Menominee.

The project, Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Healthcare - Merit's Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC), helps connect rural and underserved areas in Michigan with more than 2,200 miles of broadband infrastructure.

"When you look north of Mount Pleasant, there's no more public universities until you get to the U.P. and the infrastructure from Mount Pleasant north is terrible, so we needed this infrastructure," Merit's Vice President of Member Relations Elwood Downing said. "Also if you look there's no major interstates north of Flint-there's only I-75-so therefore building this infrastructure to provide...Continue reading "Broadband Stimulus Project completed in Menominee."

  REACH-3MC Blog

   By Brian Warkoczeski
   November 15, 2013 11:55 am

Between Monday, September 16th through Thursday, September 19th, Merit staff and representatives from ASR Analytics traveled to locations along the REACH-3MC Round I network route to gather information and testimonials for a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) report. The following contains some highlights of the visits with Merit Members.

Adrian College
Merit staff traveled to Adrian College to meet with Brad Maggard to discuss the college's bandwidth and network usage over the years and how it has changed because of the REACH-3MC network. Brad said the College has regularly maxed out the capacity of their network connection over the past 12 years. After the REACH-3MC network was completed, their available network bandwidth increased from 90 megabits-per-second...Read more »

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