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Cheboygan County and the Cheboygan Area Public Library join Merit Network to Host REACH-3MC Community Meeting

Merit Network will be holding a community meeting to provide an introduction to the Cheboygan County communities on Merit’s Broadband Stimulus Project, REACH-3MC.
REACH-3MC and ARRA logos
In 2010, Merit Network, Inc. and its project sub-recipients were awarded federal stimulus funding for two broadband projects in Michigan. The Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Health care – Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC) is a collaboration that will build much needed infrastructure in many parts of the state.

In January 2010, Merit and the REACH-3MC I sub-recipients were awarded a $33.3 million federal grant from funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to create a 1,017 mile open-access network in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. On August 18, 2010, Merit and its REACH-3MC II project sub-recipients were awarded funding to build 1,270 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in the Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. Both projects are funded through a program of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The route for REACH-3MC will bring this fiber build to the Cheboygan County area. On November 01, 2010, representatives from Merit Network will introduce the plans for this project and answer questions on how the community can take advantage of this high-speed network.

This meeting will be held at:
November 1, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Cheboygan Area Public Library
100 S. Bailey
Cheboygan, MI 49721

The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained at the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

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