Fostering Sustainable Peering Infrastructure

It takes time, effort, and trust to build a solid Internet foundation.

If you needed to get a letter to your neighbor, you wouldn’t send it via airmail across the country and back first, would you? For much of the world, this is how Internet traffic is routed. It’s why we need Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and a sustainable peering infrastructure.

Peering happens when networks agree to freely exchange traffic with each other through IXPs. Networks can keep traffic local, provide faster connections, and improve the experience of the people relying on them. Because they no longer need to route traffic via expensive international links, connectivity costs drop, too. They also improve overall network performance and resiliency.

The 50/50 Vision for Internet Traffic

It’s simple: the fastest route from Point A to Point B is a straight line. But what happens when Internet traffic starts at Point A and zigzags to faraway places before making it to Point B? The Internet is slower and costs more for the people who depend on it. This is the reality for billions of people who live in emerging economies. Enter the 50/50 Vision—an ambitious plan to keep at least half of all Internet traffic in emerging economies local by 2025. When we reach this goal, the people who need it most will have faster, stronger, cheaper Internet.

Growing the Internet

We can build Internet infrastructure and grow the Internet by:

  • Working with our partners to develop new IXPs 
  • Helping existing IXPs mature and advance by providing technical, developmental, policy, and/or regulatory support
  • Getting support from regional IXP associations
  • Advancing the 50/50 Vision

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