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Merit Hits Another Fiber Optic Milestone In UP

October 16, 2013

CBS Detroit

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — Merit Network Inc. announced the completion and lighting of the fiber-optic network segment between Watersmeet and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.

With this milestone, network traffic can now travel at the speed of light from Monroe to Berrien Springs to Ironwood — the equivalent of travelling from Ann Arbor to Tallahassee, Florida.

To date, Merit has now lit over 2,100 miles of fiber in the two peninsulas of Michigan for its REACH-3MC fiber-optic network project.

“This is the culmination of years of effort,” said Don Welch, president and CEO of Merit Network. “The impact on our members and Michigan will resonate for a long time.”

“It is a significant accomplishment,” stated Bob Stovall, vice president of network operations and engineering for Merit Network. “To be able to light over 2,000 miles of fiber is a major undertaking. I’m almost speechless about what our team has accomplished…

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