Bylaws of Merit Network, Inc.Amended July 6, 2007
Article II. Purpose
Established in 1966 to encourage and promote computer resource sharing in Michigan, Merit Network, Inc. has developed
into the operator of the leading high-speed research and education network in the state. From an initial membership of
three universities, the organization now includes a wide array of educational and research groups and institutions,
("Member Institutions and Affiliate Organizations"). Merit pre-dates any other network of its kind by more than a decade,
and has earned recognition for leading-edge installations, innovation, reliability, and service.
As a cooperative of Member universities, one aspect of Merit's mission is to unify and extend the strength of those Members.
Each of the members brings particular facilities, expertise, commitment, aspirations and interests to the cooperative, and
the mission of Merit is to enhance the missions of the Membership through the sharing of these diverse resources. This
role further extends to those national associations and connections that strengthen the Member universities, including
National Lambda Rail and Internet2.
In pursuance of its academic mission to support teaching, research, and public service, Merit also provides network-related
applications and services. It is the role of Merit as the operator of a high-speed research and education network to
contribute broadly to educational and economic development in Michigan.
NOTWITHSTANDING any other provision of these Articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to
be carried on by a Corporation a) exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1986 (or corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law) or b) contributions to which are
deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provisions of any future
United States Internal Revenue law).