Merit Network, Inc.
The REACH Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative project proposes to build a 955-mile advanced fiber-optic network through underserved counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to serve institutions, businesses and households. The project will extend Merit’s 1600 miles of existing network and intends to directly connect 44 anchor institutions including libraries, universities, community colleges, and community health care centers. The open design of the proposed expansion enables all service providers to directly connect to the network to make broadband more easily available to more than 886,000 households, 45,800 businesses, and 422 anchor institutions. In addition, the proposed service area includes 86 government organizations, 69 K-12 institutions, 63 public library systems, 58 major healthcare facilities, and 50 higher education locations.