The joint venture aims to “democratize” network interconnection, creating carrier-neutral IXP facilities in unserved markets — including the 14 states that lack it.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.And January 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — at the Metro Connect 2023 event at South Florida Today, the national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN) announced that it has formed a 50/50 (JV) joint venture with a leading network interconnection company. Hunter Newby To pursue the establishment and operation of at least 125 new carrier-neutral Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in regional hub communities throughout United State. These facilities will improve Internet performance in the regions they serve by reducing network latency, improving access to applications and cloud content, and enabling better network resilience by creating new network paths in and out of each region.
Each facility will also act as a competitive wholesale Internet (IP passthrough) and network (transport) market, driving lower prices for both network operators and end users. Ultimately, the joint venture will ensure that small towns and rural areas have the same opportunities to benefit from the ever-evolving Internet ecosystem as their metro counterparts – an aspect of the “digital divide” that is currently widening and not closing.
The JV is called Connected Nation Internet Exchange Points LLC (CNIXP), which is a file Delaware A limited liability company.
“For more than 20 years, Connected Nation has been committed to the premise that every community, regardless of location, should have robust, reliable, and affordable connectivity,” he said. Tom Ferry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CN. Over the next several years, states will work collaboratively with the federal government to spend 42.45 billion dollars on improved Internet infrastructure under the Broadband Title, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program. One factor that challenges the effectiveness of this program is that many regions still lack a neutral place for networks to interconnect and exchange traffic locally – a fact that drives up prices and slows down Internet performance. Our joint venture aims to address this problem. No society deserves a second-rate internet experience.”
IXPs provide a physical home where networks can “meet” and exchange traffic. Local ISPs, streaming services, social networks, financial institutions, mobile network operators, cloud service providers, carriers, and Tier 1 carriers are just a sample of the network operators that have physical presence in IXPs around the world to exchange traffic. traffic more efficiently. IXPs shorten the distance some data traffic needs to reach its destination, which reduces latency and keeps local traffic local when possible, making the Internet run more efficiently and reliably.
When an area lacks IXP, local service providers must pay to transmit data to the nearest IXP hotspot, which may be hundreds of miles away, to exchange it with other networks. This is very inefficient and makes accessing cloud services and content (such as streaming services) seem sluggish and less responsive. Local broadband providers also pay higher rates than they should for bulk Internet access or IP transit. These costs are passed on to end users, including schools, hospitals, small businesses, and even residential subscribers. IXPs act as a local marketplace where wholesale providers compete for local business, cutting costs by up to 90%.
Unfortunately, 14 states have no carrier-neutral IXP facilities at all, which puts them at a huge disadvantage. CN has identified 125 hub communities in 43 states and 4 US territories where IXPs are needed, with a focus on collaborating with public and private research universities to create IXPs on their campuses.
In September, CNIXP applied for its first federal grant under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) “Enabling Medium Mile Broadband Infrastructure” grant program to build five new IXP facilities at the following locations: Wichita, Kansas; Lexington, Kentucky; Starkville, Mississippi; Albuquerque, New Mexico; And Stillwater, Oklahoma. NTIA is expected to begin issuing award announcements under this program beginning in March. The law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has advised CNIXP on its application.
The full list of 125 CNIXP target communities can be found here here.
He said “If your community is not on our list, contact us” Brent Legg, Executive Vice President, CN. “We love working with local leaders who understand how important strong connectivity is to the economic and social vitality of their communities — leaders who want to be proactive in making the Internet work better for everyone.”
For more on how IXPs work, watch this video.
To contact the CNIXP team, use the contact form provided on this page.
About Connected Nation (CN): Nonprofit Connected Nation’s mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access and use of broadband and related technologies to people everywhere. For more information, please visit: www.connectednation.org And follow CN on Facebook And Twitter.
About Newby Ventures: Newby Ventures, LLC is a personal holding company for owned interests in a variety of transportation neutral sites and interconnection facilities. Hunter Newby He is its founder, chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Newby has over 20 years of ownership and management experience in the interconnection industry. He is an active and former owner, co-founder, partner, or board member of several neutral transportation and delivery companies, including: ColoATL, DataVerge, Fiber Center, Netrality Properties, NJFX, The Telx Group, Inc. For more information, please visit www.newby-ventures.com And follow Mr. Newby on linkedin.
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