Merit Network, Inc. announced today that it has connected Bayliss Public Library with a new fiber-optic lateral as part of the REACH-3MC project.
The connection was successfully "lit" with service in late January. The newly constructed lateral has a whopping capacity of a 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).
For Bayliss Public Library Director, Ken Miller, that is quite a jump:
"We have seen an immediate difference in the new connection. It was a smooth transition. No glitches. This was a great experience because we demonstrated a need, and Merit responded to that need."
"It's just wonderful to see libraries like Bayliss get fiber connections because they are such a hub for their communities. For many residents, the library is the only place where they can access the Internet," said Jim Lundberg, Upper Peninsula member relations manager for Merit.
"Merit is very proud to support our Member, Bayliss Public Library. We have worked with Ken and the staff at Bayliss for many years and we are excited to take the next step with them in offering improved service to their community," said Elwood Downing, Vice President of outreach and member engagement for Merit.
Prior to the new Merit connection, the library had to make do with two T1 lines. Both lines had a combined capacity of approximately 3 megabits per second (Mbps). And due to the lack of bandwidth capacity, Bayliss regularly experienced slow-downs in their service.
Miller remembers an important meeting he had with Jim Lundberg and Elwood Downing of Merit. In that meeting, they examined Bayliss Public Library's usage graph, a tool Merit provides its Members that charts their connections and how much bandwidth they are using.
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