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Merit Network announces Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for REACH-3MC Broadband Project in Monroe County

Merit Network will dedicate the first completed segment of REACH-3MC to the Monroe Community.


Dr. David Nixon, President, Monroe County Community College

Dr. Donald Welch, President and CEO, Merit Network, Inc.

Dr. Donald Spencer, Superintendent, Monroe Intermediate School District

Ms. Nancy Bellaire, Interim Director, Monroe County Library System

Mark Cochran, Field Representative for Congressman John Dingell

Gale Govaere, Regional Representative for Senator Carl Levin

Senator Debbie Stabenow


Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for the Monroe Community to commemorate the first complete segment of Merit’s REACH-3MC Broadband Stimulus Project. Monroe County Community College, one of many community anchor institutions to be connected by Merit as part of REACH-3MC, will host key stakeholders who will reflect upon this momentous occasion. Merit Network will announce this milestone for the project and answer questions on how the community can take advantage of this high-speed network.

In 2010, Merit Network, Inc. received two federal stimulus awards for REACH-3MC. The Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Health care – Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC) will create 2,287 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in rural and underserved areas throughout Michigan and provide backhaul to key interconnection points in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Through REACH-3MC, Merit will enable state and local government, colleges, schools, libraries, health care facilities and other community anchor institutions to connect to Merit’s private, high-performance network, enabling them to lower costs, consolidate services and provide more to Michigan’s citizens. Merit engages sub-recipients from the private sector to improve service to homes and businesses along the REACH-3MC route. Merit’s existing fiber infrastructure combined with the new REACH-3MC network infrastructure creates a robust footprint in the state, providing Michigan with a strategic asset to leverage in the future.


Monroe County Community College
La-Z-Boy Center
1555 S. Raisinville Road Monroe, MI 48161


July 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM


The event is open to the public. Anyone may attend in person. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

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