Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange forms to speed up local Internet traffic

by Mike Bollinger


The Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE) has recently formed to establish an Internet peering point in downtown Minneapolis.

The small bundle of routers, servers, and switches are located in the 511 building to create what is called an Internet exchange point (IXP). Using an IXP, Internet service providers exchange traffic between their networks, effectively creating shortcuts between their services. These shortcuts reduce the portion of a service provider’s traffic that must be delivered via their upstream transit providers, thereby reducing costs of delivery, improving efficiency of routing, and increasing fault-tolerance.