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commercial Internet exchange (CIX)

Commercial Internet Exchanges (CIX) are Internet nodes at which the network crossings of the various commercial Internet operators are connected to the Internet backbone.

The interconnection of the operator networks of the Internet Service Providers (ISP) forms a commercially oriented Internet as it is today.

The aim of these Internet nodes, the Internet Exchange Points (IXP), is to make the Internet independent of the influence of the American government and to establish their own rules of use. Internet nodes exist on an international, European and national level. Internationally, they are called Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX), the European Internet node is called European Commercial Internet Exchange (ECIX) and the German Internet node, located in Frankfurt/Main, is called German Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX). All operator interconnection nodes are maintained by corresponding organizations.

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Englisch: commercial Internet exchange - CIX
Updated at: 08.11.2009
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