Merit: Innovating Since 1966
Merit Network is a non-profit, Member-owned organization governed by Michigan’s public universities. Founded in 1966, Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. After 50 years of innovation, Merit continues to provide high-performance services to the educational communities in Michigan and beyond.

Merit continues to leverage its experience managing NSFNET, the precursor to the modern Internet, to catapult Michigan into the forefront of networking technologies. Through Merit, organizations have access to leading-edge network research, state and national collaborative initiatives and international peering.

Merit’s Purpose
To strengthen our Members through collaboration, innovation, information technology and member service.
Merit serves the research, education and public sector communities as a trusted and valued partner. Merit advances member success, research, economic development, collaboration, and professional development by leveraging its network infrastructure, expertise and the value of its member communities.
Merit is a sought-after partner, instrumental as an extension of members’ staff, leveraging Merit to more effectively and efficiently accomplish their missions. Merit is recognized as a leader with national impact, especially in developing innovative solutions. Merit is a research leader in its niche and a valuable partner to its member’s research. Merit is the center of statewide collaboration through technology. Throughout Michigan there is equal access to information, providing educational opportunity and spurring economic development. Merit’s community is strong and thriving.
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    Connecting Organizations, Building Community

    By connecting organizations, building relationships and sharing services, educational institutions can achieve far more together than they can alone.

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    Providing Technology Services Across the U.S.

    As part of its mission, Merit continually seeks to develop services that provide quality, reliability and value for its diverse Membership.

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    Providing Leadership in Networking and Cybersecurity

    For nearly 50 years, Merit Network has been at the forefront of networking and technology. With the creation of the Michigan Cyber Range, Merit has moved to the forefront in cybersecurity innovation.

Introduction to Merit Network
Central Michigan University's Roger Rehm speaks about the value of Merit.
Merit serves higher education, K-12, libraries, government, health care, and other non-profits.
Merit’s Values
Merit Values:Community
We exist for the benefit of our members and are dedicated to their success. We seek to do what is important and has unique value. We believe that community is built through partnership, cooperation and collaboration.
Merit Values:Integrity
We are truthful and trustworthy. We communicate openly and effectively among ourselves and with our members. We act in the best interest of our members.
Merit Values: People
Our staff is our most powerful asset. We trust each other, help each other and hold each other accountable. We support each other as we strive to be the best that we can.
Merit Values:Innovation
We implement creative solutions to problems large and small for our members and for ourselves. We are adaptable and embrace change. We take appropriate risks to move ourselves and our members forward.
We strive to be the best at all we do. We continuously improve both as individuals and as a team. Every shortfall is an opportunity to learn and improve.
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