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Statewide Internet outage affects WMU

Aug. 16, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Problems with the Michigan Merit Network that began earlier today have interrupted Internet service to state government and all of Michigan's public colleges and universities.

At Western Michigan University, public Web pages, the e-learning network and GoWMU, the University's secure intranet portal, became invisible to all except those on WMU campuses or at other Michigan schools on the Michigan Merit Network.

Among those who cannot access WMU Web pages are Kalamazoo-area students, faculty and others, who are not on the WMU network, according to George Kohrman, WMU assistant director of network operations. "If they are using any connection other than the WMU network, they will not be able to see our Web pages, even if they are only a few blocks from campus."

Meanwhile, students, faculty and others accessing the Internet on WMU campuses are unable to access any Web sites outsides of the Merit system.

The service interruption began early Thursday, Aug. 16, and continued through the day. Merit administrators are working to correct the problem, but a timetable for when service will be restored is not yet available. Further updates will be published in WMU News.

Merit is a statewide Internet consortium serving state government, all of Michigan's public higher education institutions and others.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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