[Michlib-l] FW: Merit Network, Inc. announces Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for REACH-3MC Broadband Project in Menominee County

Mase, Sheryl (MDE) MaseS at michigan.gov
Fri Nov 15 11:08:28 EST 2013


Hurray to Spies and Cheryl Hoffman!  Also, congratulations to the other libraries that have gone before you in this effort.  Yay, Michigan’s public libraries, yay collaboration!!!

From: mjts-bounces at merit.edu [mailto:mjts-bounces at merit.edu] On Behalf Of Greg Monroe
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 10:11 AM
To: mjts at merit.edu
Subject: Merit Network, Inc. announces Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for REACH-3MC Broadband Project in Menominee County

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MEDIA ADVISORY
Merit Network, Inc. announces Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for REACH-3MC Broadband Project in Menominee County
Who:
Cheryl Hoffman, Director, Spies Public Library

Elwood Downing, Vice President, Member Relations, Communications, Services and Product Development, Merit Network

Kenny Marks, Menominee County Sheriff

Michael Cattani, Superintendent, Menominee Area Public Schools

The Honorable Ed McBroom, State Representative, Michigan's 108th District

Jeremy Hosking, U. P. Regional Manager, Office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Amy Berglund, U. P. Regional Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin
What:
Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for the Menominee Community to commemorate the completion of significant segments of Merit's REACH-3MC Broadband Stimulus Project. Spies Public Library will host key stakeholders who will reflect on this momentous occasion. Merit Network will announce a significant 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 enables 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 project participants 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.
Where:
Spies Public Library
940 First Street
Menominee, MI 49858
When:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM Central Time
How:
The event is open to the public. Anyone may attend in person. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
For more information: www.merit.edu<http://www.merit.edu>

For press/media contact:

Patty Giorgio
Merit Network, Inc.
Phone: (734)527-5734
Cell: (734)276-6360
Email: pgiorgio at merit.edu<mailto:pgiorgio at merit.edu>





Merit Network, Inc.
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-6794
Phone: (734)527-5700    Fax: (734)527-5790    E-mail: www at merit.edu<mailto:www at merit.edu>




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