A member-owned organization, Merit provides affordable network and IT services to education, government, and health care institutions, and other non-profit organizations.
Internet & Networking
Merit is a trusted network provider in Michigan, and operates the longest-running regional network in the US. We provide custom network solutions for public sector organizations of all sizes.
Train. Test. Learn. Secure. From certification courses to managed security, firewall to custom solutions, Merit’s portfolio of cybersecurity services will help you lock it down.
As an important part of meeting its mission, Merit Network provides a regular program of learning opportunities. focused on leadership, IT skills, and cybersecurity certifications.
Cloud & Communications
Secure, continuous access to your data through virtualization; Unlimited long distance calling; A single sign-on enterprise portal and social media platform – Merit offers a variety of service solutions.
Our professional staff can assist Members with network optimization and protection, research projects and advanced networking endeavors on an individual consulting basis.
The Merit Network
Merit, the longest-running regional network in America, is also the best connected. Our Network, comprised of more than 3,800 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure, is the core of networking capability and connectivity in Michigan.
With multiple paths to major connection and peering points in Chicago, IL, Toledo, OH, and Windsor, ON that connect with the commodity Internet and Internet2, the Network transfers data at speeds up to 100 Gbps.
Additionally, Merit holds a number of peering agreements with private networks and maintains connections to other research and education networks. Merit also provides Internet service to nearly all of the public universities, a majority of community colleges, and a large number of K-12 districts, public libraries, government agencies, health care and other non-profit institutions throughout Michigan.
Merit’s regional, mesh network and peering agreements with national networks places Member connections closer to the Internet, providing your organization with a faster route than those available commercially.
“The network performance has been great, and we’ve already received positive feedback from end user departments.”SEAN CHEN, IT Director, The Guidance Network