Michigan’s Most Experienced Internet Provider
Founded in 1966, Merit Network operates America’s longest-running regional network and is the most trusted network provider in Michigan. We provide custom network solutions for public sector organizations of all sizes. Unlike other providers, Merit offers hyper local 24x7x365 support.

We provide Internet service to 100% of the public universities in Michigan, a majority of community colleges, as well as a large number of K-12 districts, public libraries, government agencies, health care organizations and other non-profit institutions. Merit provides a cost-effective network that has the capacity and engineering performance to support high-bandwidth applications, such as distance learning, large-scale data transfers, videoconferencing, virtual laboratories, remote instrumentation and digital libraries.

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Merit is the only provider in Michigan with access to the Internet2 national high-speed research and education network backbone. Merit serves as a conduit to Internet2's many working groups and initiatives for Michigan institutions.

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Fast. Secure. Reliable.
Connecting via fiber or telcom circuits, Merit provides network solutions for organizations of all sizes. Network capacity options are available in flexible, cost-effective increments starting at 1 Gbps and can be expanded to connections as fast as 100 Gbps.

Our private fiber network allows Merit to provision nearly unlimited bandwidth on its backbone, and dedicated network connections by point-to-point private telecom circuits or wireless connections are also available.

Merit Internet is E-Rate eligible.


A Diverse Connection provides a monitored, “always on” backup connection via an alternate physical route. Merit’s engineering staff configure a redundant router to seamlessly assume routing responsibilities should your primary connection fail. End-users are completely unaware of any outage.


The bandwidth fee for high-speed connections includes Domain Name Service (DNS) for up to three domains per organization, including primary and secondary DNS services.


IPv4 and IPv6 address space is included free of charge to Members subscribing to Internet service.

Hyper Local 24x7x365 Support

Unlike other providers, Merit offers hyper local 24x7x365 support from our Merit Support Center located in Ann Arbor, MI.

"The network performance has been great and we’ve already received positive feedback from end user departments."
Sean Chen – IT Director, The Guidance Center

Consortium Service
This service allows geographically remote sites to “pool” their required bandwidth for volume savings, yet maintain individual connections to Merit’s network. One location serves as the lead organization and is responsible for billing and support. Merit manages, monitors and maintains the circuits and equipment for the entire consortium.

WAN Service
Merit can provide a shared 1Gbps path to be used as a private, point-to-point connection between two aligned but separate organizations or provide a hub and spoke topology.
Additional Attachment Service
Add a routed IP, layer 3 network layer. This is a shared attachment to be utilized by a Member organization within a larger Merit Member group. This service is provisioned with CPE at each Member’s site.

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Lit Ethernet Service
Secure Point-to-Point Connections

Merit Network’s Lit Ethernet Service provides secure point-to-point telecommunications services for organizations with a Merit Network dedicated fiber-optic connection. It is the perfect solution for connecting two geographically-distributed locations and is a great alternative to a leased telco circuit.

Lit Ethernet Service is a shared layer 2 connection with low latency and transfer rates up to 10 Gigagabits-per-second (Gbps). This affordable switched Ethernet service is fully managed by Merit and is supported 24×7 year-round by the Merit Support Center.

Secure Connection

Securely transfer data between two locations.

Scalable Committed Information Rates

Fast, flexible connectivity with available transfer rates from 10 Mbps to 900 Mbps. Modify rates to adapt to your business needs.

E-rate Eligible

Lit Ethernet Service is E-rate eligible for K-12 organizations and libraries.

24×7 Support

Support is provided by the Merit Support Center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Lit Ethernet Service supports today’s modern network applications, like Voice over IP service and data storage.

Stress-Free Management

Merit fully manages the connection and on-premises equipment.

Dark Fiber Services
Commercial-Grade Fiber Services

Merit offers a variety of transport services across its commercial-grade, advanced fiber-optic network. Available services include dark fiber IRUs and leases.


Access portions of Merit’s fiber-optic network for point-to-point connections through dark fiber IRUs or leases. Merit has over 2,000 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas and across northern Wisconsin that are eligible for non-Member use.

Merit Members, Internet Service Providers, Carriers and Others May Take Advantage of These Services

RADb Routing Registry
Register & Diagnose Your Network Assets
RADb (radb.net) is a public registry of network routing information that assists with the transfer of data over the Internet. RADb provides organizations with tools to register their network routing assets, track routing changes, and determine the health of network assets.

More than 1,800 organizations, have registered over 400,000 route objects in the RADb routing database. RADb’s WHOIS servers receive over 6M queries per day from over 300K unique hosts. RADb has remained at the forefront of Internet routing practices and includes over 1,100 IPv6 route objects.


A streamlined object management framework based on the Routing Policy Specification Language (RPSL) standards provides a summary of registered routing objects. Enables updating of registered objects through online interface.


RADb members are provided with a view of their network assets from an outside perspective. Prefix alerts are generated when routing anomalies are detected, informing you of possible route hijack events.


The RADb portal offers convenient account maintenance and a detailed service history.


RADb provides customized queries for network objects.

Why is it important to register your network routing assets?
  • A number of transit providers require their customers to register routes and filter customer route announcements based on registry content.
  • Your organization’s routing policy will improve by associating network prefixes with the origin ASN.
  • By filtering unauthorized announcements, your organization can prevent route hijacking and denial of service.
  • In addition to declaring your network policy, you can obtain valuable information about network assets health by maintaining accurate information in RADb.
For additional information about Merit RADb Routing Registration and Tools:

Need More Cabinet Space?
Colocation is the flexible, affordable way to expand your computing power without expensive physical upgrades to your facilities. With more than 400 cabinets, Merit’s colocation space offers scalable solutions at a flat monthly rate. Merit’s colocation facilities provide first-class amenities and service, connected to your main facility by your dedicated network connection to Merit’s network.

Keycard access to the colocation site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hands-on service from an IT professional is also available, and if you need to power-cycle a machine, you can do so remotely from your location.

Fully Managed, Secure Site

Connected via Merit’s 10G fiber connection at our Detroit and Grand Rapids data centers.

Over 400 Cabinets Available

Scalable to suit your organization’s needs, no matter the size of the task.

Global Carrier Connections

including Level3, Savvis, Cogent, Global Crossing, and XO Communications.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Opportunities for your organization include: Disaster Recovery, virtualization, Load-balancing, and alternatives to tape-backup.

No Power-Metering

Colocation services are tied to flat monthly rates. Type and level of electrical service required is determined by your organization.

For additional information about the Merit Colocation service:

Custom Solutions
Put Our Expertise to Work for Your Organization!
Merit staff has considerable expertise that is available to our Members on an individual consulting basis. Merit staff can provides help to Members for planning, designing, and implementing technology projects and systems. This can be especially helpful for Member organizations that lack in-house IT personnel.

Contact us at [email protected] or call 734.527.5785 to discuss your project with a member of the Merit Sales Team.

Merit offers virtualization service packages that include software implementation and hands-on training.

Secure Network Engineering
We are experts in network engineering. Merit can help design, install and securely configure your local area or wide area networks.

Network Security
Merit can provide port scans amd system assesments to improve the security of your network.

Secure Traffic Optimization
Merit is available to assist you with networking questions, help you in understanding your traffic patterns, and securely optimize your network connections.