Ann Arbor group secures access to Mackinac Bridge cables for broadband Internet project
Ann Arbor-based Merit Network has secured access to cables spanning the Mackinac Bridge in a key development allowing the not-for-profit to extend broadband Internet access to a variety of institutions in the Upper Peninsula.
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Merit today said it had struck a deal with the state's Mackinac Bridge Authority allowing Merit to purchase access to cable strands crossing the bridge.
"The Mackinac Bridge will again link our two great peninsulas and improve the ability for the citizens in Michigan, and future generations, to connect to our global economy," MBA board chairman William H. Gnodtke said in a statement.
Merit is a 46-year-old nonprofit whose core objective is to broaden high-speed Internet access and connect educators, researchers, businesses and community members.
The company's U.P. network expansion, called the REACH-3MC II project, is a way to "provide new opportunities for our state," Merit CEO Don Welch said in a statement.