Why does my town need an Internet Exchange?
An Internet Exchange (IX) is the infrastructure through which Internet service providers (ISPs), content delivery networks (CDNs), and other networks exchange Internet traffic between their networks. Without such interconnection between networks, any time anyone needs to access the Internet, even locally, the traffic must travel out of town to the source of the content (which is often a very long distance in the case of rural areas), get the information, and send it back. This is expensive and inefficient. With a local Internet Exchange Point, key CDNs and content providers have a space to share their content locally. Networks are able to interconnect directly, via the exchange, rather than through one or more third party networks. This results in lower costs, greater speeds, and a reduced need for Internet transit — a faster, better, more cost-effective and secure Internet.