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ABOUT

MERIT

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NETWORK. SECURITY. COMMUNITY.

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.

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OUR MISSION

Merit’s mission is “connecting organizations and building community.”  We provide network, security and community services to member organizations that help make our society a better place to learn, discover, work and live – while upholding the principles of an open internet.

Merit provides network, security and community services to member organizations – while upholding the principles of an open internet. Merit intends to operate its network in an open and transparent manner. We will not block websites, we will not throttle or degrade traffic and we will not discriminate in our treatment of this traffic.

We will continue to assist our higher education, k-12, library, government, healthcare and public sector members by providing networking, security and educational services that uphold free expression, promote positive learning opportunities, facilitate economic development and grow their individual organizations – for the next fifty years and beyond

WE FOLLOW THIS COMPASS BY:

  • Driving access and extending connectivity via our 4,000 miles of fiber optic infrastructure in Michigan
  • Operating the Michigan Cyber Range, the nation’s largest unclassified private cybersecurity training cloud
  • Building community and facilitating discourse through Membership, events and in-person and online collaboration
  • Continued innovation and development of emergent digital networking and communications technologies
MERIT'S 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.

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.

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.

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.

EXCELLENCE

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.