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Research and education networks in Ontario, Michigan sign cross-border agreement (April 06, 2004)

ORION and Merit Network, the Ontario and Michigan Research and Education (R&E) networks, have signed an agreement t...


April 6, 2004  


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ORION and Merit Network, the Ontario and Michigan Research and Education (R&E) networks, have signed an agreement to interconnect across the Canada-U.S. border, collaborate on advanced networking technologies and facilitate research in the Great Lakes region.

"We are looking forward to future collaboration with ORION and with its participating institutions,” said Hunt Williams, president of Merit.” This agreement will extend our networks east and west around the Great Lakes and open the door to advanced collaborations in many fields.

The two networks plan to connect across the border at Windsor and Detroit this year and at Sault Ste. Marie at a later date.

At a recent summit in Toronto, executives with both networks met leading researchers in particle physics, astrophysics, landscape and urban design, and telecommunications applications at the University of Toronto to discuss possible collaboration projects.

It followed an earlier visit by ORION officials to Merit’s head office in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is a high-speed, optical network that brings affordable, world-class broadband access and connectivity to research and educational institutions in the province.

Merit Network, Inc. (MERIT), a non-profit corporation governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates America’s first regional research and education network.