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E-Rate, Simplified.

Merit provides solutions for the specific needs of our K-12 and library partners. We have 50 years of in-house expertise as a trusted provider of E-Rate eligible services.


Merit has gone where commercial companies
haven’t seen value, helping schools build collaboration

Matt McMahon

Gratiot – Isabella RESD

Essential Resources

Our hand picked resources to lead you through the E-Rate Process


E-Rate Overview

E-Rate Checklist

Informative Videos


EducationSuperHighway Wants Your School Connected

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RFP Templates
& Guidance

These high-quality templates and tools can help get started structuring Category 1 or Category 2 RFP needs.

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Compare & Connect
K-12 Tool

School broadband and pricing data made easier so institutions can get more bandwidth on a budget.

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& Training

Find digital learning initiatives and supply information using these tools, resources and programs.

Eligible Services

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Merit’s E-Rate eligible internet is the best connected and longest running regional network developed specifically for schools and libraries.

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Lit Ethernet

Merit Lit Ethernet Service is a private, reliable network point-to-point connection that offers high quality affordable service.

Services Overview

Merit has a multitude of services useful for the K-12 and Library Communities.

State of Michigan E-rate Enhancement
Special Construction Matching Fund

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) facilitates the allocation of $5 million for the purposes of leveraging additional dollars through the E-rate Program for special construction builds upgrading district, intermediate school district (ISD), public school academy (PSA), and library broadband connections. These state general fund dollars will be granted directly to eligible E-rate applicants from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). For additional information regarding the State of Michigan E-rate Enhancement Special Construction Matching Fund please visit the MDE Website.

Whitepapers & Case Studies

BuildvBuy Firewall Whitepaper E Rate

Buy vs Build, Firewall Whitepaper

From security and staffing concerns, learn more about designing a firewall solution for your school or library.

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