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    Assisting Research & Education in Michigan

    Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for state-of-the-art networking expertise and services. Nearly 50 years of rapid advances in networking and applications have continuously proven the value of sharing knowledge among campuses and collaborating to build a regional network.

    Today, Merit's Members rely on Merit for the high-speed connectivity they need to fulfill their academic and research missions, including connections to Internet2 and research networks throughout the world. Merit's Members participate in the organization through strategic leadership and technical collaboration, and by sharing information through meetings, mailing lists and working groups.

    Cybersecurity Training

    The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals for detecting, preventing, and thwarting cyber-attacks in a real-world setting. Throughout the year, the Michigan Cyber Range hosts certification courses covering multiple cybersecurity disciplines. A current schedule of cybersecurity courses is available online.

    Universities can rent their own space on the Michigan Cyber Range, and use the Merit Secure Sandbox to conduct their own training or cybersecurity excercises.

    Merit's High-Speed Backbone Network

    Merit's Governing Members have sites in multiple locations within Michigan, many of which are connected to Merit's backbone network. Merit can provide connectivity to satellite campus locations and research facilities across Michigan.

    Merit manages the nation's longest-running regional network, which has been in continuous operation since May 1973. Merit has implemented a 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) backbone to provide a flexible, robust architecture to support the needs of our Members.

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    Governing Member Spotlights

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    Putting a Degree Within Reach
    Central Michigan University's online and distance education programs make a degree possible for students around the world.
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    Imagining Possiblities, Creating Solutions
    Students at Ferris State University develop an extensive understanding of computer networking technologies.
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    Oakland University Connects with Presidential Debate
    Merit Network provides high-speed, reliable Internet to Oakland University for Republican presidential debate.
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    President Obama Visits Northern Michigan University, Praises NMU WiMAX Network
    President chose NMU Campus in Marquette as backdrop to announce National Wireless Initiative.
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    Western Michigan University Selects MeritMail
    Campus-wide solution supports data privacy, security and has led to increased collaboration.
    Oakland University photo

    Oakland University Continues to Create Partnerships
    Oakland creates strategic partnerships to train tomorrow's workforce.
    Northern Michigan University photo

    Northern Michigan University expands wireless reach with WiMax
    New Technology will expand wireless capability for NMU students and the Marquette community.
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    Fueling the Bioeconomy
    Michigan State University is conducting leading-edge research of biofuels and biobased technologies.
    Northern Michigan University photo

    No Limit on Wireless Education
    Wireless network and laptop initiative give NMU students a superior edge.
    Grand Valley State University photo

    Great Things from the Valley
    From 'Health Hill' and beyond, Grand Valley State University is pursuing several exciting research opportunities.
    Michigan State University photo

    An Education for Tomorrow
    Michigan State University is preparing students for the future of online education with an array of educational opportunities.
    Central Michigan University photo

    Progressive Research in Mid-Michigan
    CMU Uses Technology to Pursue Advanced Research.
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    Technological Achievements
    Michigan Technological University earns accolades for IT programs and grows its research offerings.

    Contact Us

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

    Recommended Services

    Merit offers several services that can benefit Merit's Governing Members, including MeritMail, Merit Cloud Storage, 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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