Serving School Districts and K-12 EducationMerit 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.
USF E-rate ProgramMerit has been participating in the E-rate program since its inception. As the chosen service provider for many of Michigan's ISDs and school districts, 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.
Merit's High-Speed Backbone NetworkMerit manages the nation's longest-running regional network, which has been in continuous operation since May 1973. Merit's fiber-optic network infrastructure has grown to cover a majority of Michigan, and Merit provides dedicated, high-speed connections for intermediate school districts, private schools, and other K-12 organizations in the state. The network enables districts to share resources and save costs with the Merit On-Net/Off-Net Service.
Merit's statewide 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) backbone provides a flexible, robust architecture to support the needs of our Members.