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Merit Network CEO Supports National Broadband Plan Cybersecurity Recommendations

Merit Network President and CEO Don Welch
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Don Welch, president and CEO of Merit Network, Inc., announced his support for the Promoting Cybersecurity and Protecting Critical Infrastructure of the National Broadband Plan released by the Federal Communications Commission today. On October 2, 2009, Dr. Welch took part in the FCC’s Cyber Security Workshop as part of the development of this plan.

“I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the planning for this important national objective, and I support the cybersecurity plan as it stands today. It is a high level plan and the details could be difficult, but the principles expressed in the plan are very good,” stated Welch. He is particularly pleased with the recommendation to expand outage reporting requirements and the recommendation to create a voluntary cybersecurity certification program.

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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