Merit Network was founded by research faculty, and research remains the wellspring of innovation today. Our statewide network is an ideal laboratory and test bed for new Internet technologies and services.
Established in 1966, Merit has upheld a commitment to innovation, providing groundbreaking networking, community and security services to our members. From developing an unprecedented router technology to constructing a state-wide fiber optic network, Merit continues to push the boundaries in order to pursue our mission of connecting organizations and building communities.
The Michigan Moonshot, developed by Merit Network, is one approach of many that will be required to address the digital divide in our state and nation.
When seeking to address the broadband gap, understanding which households have access to broadband, and at what speeds they are currently connected, is critical. Existing FCC data is unreliable and lacks the granularity needed for accurate coverage inferences. In response, Merit Network partnered with the Quello Center to conduct citizen-science surveying efforts in order to develop a realistic representation of current broadband coverage and speeds.
STATEWIDE DATA COLLECTION PROJECT
Many existing depictions of Internet coverage used by the federal government to allocate infrastructure investments are overstated and inaccurate. In response, Merit partnered with the Quello Center at Michigan State University to develop a citizen-science crowdsourcing technique to identify areas of Michigan that do not have, or have poor broadband Internet service. Visit michiganmoonshot.org/survey to learn more about the statewide data collection project and take the survey and speed test.
The Michigan Statewide Educational Network has brought 10 Gigabit capability to Michigan Intermediate School Districts. Managed by Merit Network, a Michigan-based education and research network, MISEN will have the ability to purchase consortia-based services leveraging economies of scale. Utilization of this network will give instructors the tools and funds they need to train our students in high demand careers such as technology and cyber security.
Recognizing an upcoming depletion of IPv4 addresses, Merit created the IPv6 Readiness Program to support their governing members in deploying IPv6 on their networks. The Readiness Program concluded in December 2019 and Merit is currently working on a program report.
INTERESTED IN FUNDING OUR RESEARCH?
The Michigan Moonshot continually seeks funding from public, private and philanthropic sources to further data collection efforts, the development of integrated mapping tools and societal impact studies. Contact [email protected] to learn more.