Merit Network, Inc.
Elwood Downing serves as Vice President for Business Development and Community Networks at Merit Network–Michigan’s high-speed research and education network spanning 50 years. Downing joined Merit in 1995 after serving the business industry over 15 years in IT management and customer relations.
He is responsible for new member acquisition, membership growth, and helping communities build network infrastructure to collaborate, share resources and promote their economic development. He has provided strategic leadership, technical consulting, and service engagement to more than 375 Merit Member organizations, including public universities, private colleges, community colleges, K12 organizations, research organizations, government, health care, and nonprofit organizations. Downing project managed and provided leadership with fiber-optic community network builds as well; most recent geographical fiber projects included Alpena, Hillsdale, and Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He and his team led the communication and outreach efforts for the ARRA NTIA/BTOP funded REACH-3MC project, which encompassed over 2,300 miles of fiber-optic network infrastructure in 52 counties in Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Downing is a member of the Internet2 U.S. UCAN Advisory Committee and the SHLB (Schools, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition). He holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Business Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University.
Schools, libraries, hospitals and other anchor institutions are increasingly using TV WhiteSpace — the unused bandwidth between television channels — to bring broadband connectivity to people on the wrong side of the digital divide. Don Means will discuss the grant awarded by IMLS to provide initial funding for libraries to deploy TVWS technology to serve […]