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Merit is pleased to offer MeritFiberPLUS to its Members. The Merit statewide backbone, once provisioned exclusively over circuits, is now composed largely of Merit-owned and provisioned private fiber-optics, MeritFiber. MeritFiber allows Merit to provision nearly unlimited bandwidth on its backbone without the "stair-step" price increases associated with increasing capacity on leased circuits. Taking advantage of Merit's facilities-based network, Members that have a MeritFiber connection to the backbone can now gain additional flexibility and significant cost savings with adding MeritFiberPLUS as their connection service.

Members must be connected by fiber to a Merit core backbone node to be eligible for this service. MeritFiberPLUS is available across Michigan; Please see the map below.

Merit Fiber Plus map
Two Tiers are available.
  • Tier 1 - 300 Mbps, 400 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 750 Mbps
  • Tier 2 - 1 Gbps, 1.5 Gbps, 2 Gbps

Benefits of MeritFiberPLUS

  • No off-net bursting charges ever!
  • No packet shaper appliance required resulting in savings on:
    • equipment
    • equipment maintenance cost
    • power & rack space
    • upgrades, etc.
  • Members can leverage the investment of their MeritFiber connection.
  • Members use of the network without additional provisioning or charges.
  • Members can concentrate on their mission and let the network handle the throughput.

Equipment Features

MeritFiberPLUS will currently support the following features: IPV6, Multicast, Jumbo Frames, Policy Routing, Rate Limit, Voice over IP (VoIP), BGP, 10/100, 10/100/1000, and 10 Gbps. Additional features may be available in your area. Members should contact Merit Network if they are interested in additional features.

Members with additional locations connected to Merit's backbone by a MeritFiber connection qualify for this service.

Unparalleled Network Connectivity and Reliability

Merit's regional, mesh network and peering agreements with national networks places Member connections closer to Internet content, providing your organization with a faster route to its destination than you may experience from another provider's network.

Merit's robust backbone boasts two physically diverse 10 Gigabit paths to Network Access Points in Chicago that connect with the commodity Internet and Internet2, a 10 Gigabit connection to Internet2 in Cleveland, over 25 peering agreements with private networks and content providers, as well as connections to other research and education networks in the Midwest. With the completion of our REACH-3MC broadband stimulus project, the Merit backbone features over 3,800 miles of fiber-optic network infrastructure that stretches across both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas and crosses the Mackinac Bridge. Merit, the longest-running regional network in America, is also the best connected.

Backed by a World Class Member Support Center

MeritFiberPLUS Members receive network monitoring from the Merit Support Center 24x7, 365 days a year. The Merit Support Center has been monitoring high-performance networks since 1987. Our support center analysts are the most experienced in the industry and use techniques that efficiently diagnose and resolve incidents.

MeritFiberPLUS connections are supported by a dedicated support team. Merit Member Relations Managers provide high-touch, knowledgeable assistance, and follow each issue through to completion.

For more information on MeritFiberPLUS, please contact a Member Relations Manager at or call 734-527-5700.

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