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Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 3 May 2018

Internet Society, LACNIC, and LAC-IX Partner to Strengthen IXPs in Latin America

Christian O'Flaherty
By Christian O'FlahertySenior Development Manager for Latin America and The Caribbean Bureau

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, the Internet Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Internet Exchange Points (LAC-IX) and the Latin American Registry for Internet Numbers (LACNIC) to create and strengthen Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) for a stable, secure, and open Internet and to maximise the impact of our activities across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Internet Society’s work on interconnection, traffic exchange, and IXPs not only improves local Internet service in developed regions, but also engages with the local communities that are instrumental in advancing the Internet Society’s mission. The IXP program helps develop Internet technical communities and network operators across the globe.

The Internet Society cooperates with regional organisations that lead IXP work in the field, supporting their work, promoting new IXPs where needed, and helping spread Internet Society work that is valuable to their communities.

LAC-IX and LACNIC have a unique role in promoting new IXPs, supporting existing communities, and, through them, providing the messages that contribute to a stable and scalable Internet.

This Memorandum of Understanding establishes a reference framework for cooperation mechanisms between the Parties. Plans include supporting capacity-building events, disseminating common initiatives and projects, and promoting good routing practices at traffic exchange points throughout the region.

For the Internet Society, it is a great opportunity to promote Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS). Through the IXP community, we can reach the operators that can implement the required configurations to comply with MANRS to reduce the most common threats to the routing system. We can now count on LAC-IX and LACNIC to help spread the word and encourage the technical communities to do their part in securing the routing system.

This is just the beginning of the work we can do together. Read LACNIC’s full press release here.

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