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Merit Completes Phase I of Upper Peninsula Fiber Project


By Brian Warkoczeski


November 12, 2007

ANN ARBOR, MI - Merit Network Inc. has completed Phase I of its fiber network expansion in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, connecting Michigan Technological University (MTU), Northern Michigan University (NMU), and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) via fiber optic cable at gigabit Ethernet speeds.

In partnership with Peninsula Fiber Network LLC and Borderland Communications, Merit was able to connect the three public universities and the rest of the U.P. network to Merit's backbone network via fiber and leased circuits with diverse path gigabit connections.

The completed upgrades in combination with diverse gigabit connections to Chicago and the lower peninsula have doubled the amount of available bandwidth into the U.P. For the first time, networking services in the U.P. are being delivered via diverse paths at gigabit speeds.

All of this is part of Merit's strategic effort to connect its governing Members, Michigan's public universities, by dual path fiber connections at gigabit speeds. With the completion of the fiber connection to Lake Superior State University, every governing Member now has a minimum of one gigabit connection to Merit's backbone network.

Networking Services in the Upper Peninsula has been a major concern for Merit Network, according to Bob Stovall, Merit Network's Network Operations Manager.

"We still have work to do," Stovall said, "but these are major milestones in reaching our goal of maximum network flexibility for services to our community."

About Merit Network, Inc.

Merit Network, Inc., a non-profit corporation governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. Founded in 1966, Merit supports the high-performance networking needs of Michigan's universities, colleges, K-12 schools, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. Through Merit, Michigan's research and education organizations have access to leading-edge network research, state and national collaborative initiatives and international peering.

About Peninsula Fiber Network

Based in Munising, Michigan, Peninsula Fiber Networks maintains fiber optic cable from Iron Mountain to Houghton, Ontonagon to Sault St. Marie and all points in between.

About Borderland Communications

Borderland Communications is a telecommunications provider in Niagara, Wisconsin, providing service to Northern Wisconsin and the Western Upper Peninsula.


For press/media contact:

Elwood Downing
Merit Network, Inc.
Phone: (734)527-5702
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