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Member Resources: K-12 Education




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    Serving School Districts and K-12 Education

    Merit 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 Program

    Merit 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 more 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 Network

    Merit 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.

    Merit Backbone Map Example

    K-12 Education Spotlights

    St. Clair County RESA photo

    Empowering St. Clair County & Beyond
    St. Clair County RESA is enabling organizations and educators to accomplish more.
    Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District photo

    Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District: Sparking Broadband Interest in the UP
    With help from BTOP grant, EUPISD will put computers into the hands of 3,500 students who will bring the transformative power of broadband into their homes.
    Muskegon Area Intermediate School District photo

    Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Implements MeritVoice Solution to Cut Costs Countywide
    ISD leverages MeritVoice SIP Trunking to reduce costs and offer rich-featured telephony to three local districts within the county, with an additional district planned for next year.
    Sanilac Intermediate School District photo

    Thumbs Up for Sanilac County
    Sanilac County Intermediate School District's Academic Games encourage teamwork and academic excellence; Sanilac Career Center provides life lessons and career skills.
    Saginaw Intermediate School District photo

    Partnering for Better Academic Opportunities
    Saginaw Intermediate School District uses partnerships and technology to provide its students with more academic opportunities and resources.
    Jackson ISD photo

    Camping Under the Stars
    Jackson County Intermediate School District makes astronomy accessible to teachers and students.

    Contact Us

    If you need assistance, please contact Merit or call 734-527-5700.








    Recommended Services



    Merit offers a wide range of services that can benefit K-12 education, including high-speed network connections, MeritMail, Merit VirtualDataCenters, and MeritVoice.

    Please see the Recommended Services web page for details.







    Merit Support Center



    Our Merit Support Center (MSC) is staffed by a highly-trained team that can provide immediate assistance with any support questions or planning issues. The MSC offers 24x7 assistance year-round to Members with network connection issues and questions related to services.

    Please see the Member Support web page for details.








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