Connecting Organizations, Building CommunityMerit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit, member-owned organization formed in 1966 to design and implement a computer network between public universities in Michigan. After nearly 50 years of innovation, Merit continues to provide high-performance networking and services to the research and education communities in Michigan and beyond.
Merit continues to leverage its experience managing NSFNET, the precursor to the modern Internet, to catapult Michigan into the forefront of networking technologies. Merit has implemented a 10 Gbps backbone and is in the process of implementing it across Michigan to continue to provide a flexible, robust architecture to support the research and education needs. The 10 Gbps is completely self-funded. Merit received no legislative dollars to support the effort.
Merit believes in the strength of a robust educational community. By connecting organizations, building relationships and sharing services, educational institutions can achieve far more together than they can alone.
Become a Merit MemberJoin the Merit Community and begin enjoy the benefits and services that Merit has to offer. Merit serves higher education, K-12 organizations, government, health care, libraries, and other non-profits.
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