Detroit Internet Exchange Designated as a Non-Profit Organization

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) has been awarded tax-exempt status after years of planning, establishing itself as a long-term, stand-alone company and demonstrating its commitment to improving Internet access in Michigan.

Since its inception in 2014, the DET-iX has evolved to become one of the world’s largest fee-free exchange and the United States’ ninth most frequented exchange, according to then exchange itself. Many of the world’s largest content providers are among its members, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, as well as a variety of regional carriers, educational networks, and enterprises.

Photo Ryan Duda, founder of the DET-iX and CTO at 123NET
“By establishing the DET-iX as a non-profit, free exchange, Michigan’s high-tech sector has access to the network connectivity to compete and prosper in an increasingly connected world,” said Ryan Duda, founder of the DET-iX and CTO at 123NET.

“By establishing the DET-iX as a non-profit, free exchange, Michigan’s high-tech sector has access to the network connectivity to compete and prosper in an increasingly connected world,” said Ryan Duda, founder of the DET-iX and CTO at 123NET. “Routing internet traffic through the exchange reduces transit costs, improves speed and creates a direct path between member networks.”

Instead of purchasing transit from a third-party provider, Internet exchanges allow members to transfer traffic directly amongst one another. As a result, traffic remains localized and is directed toward favored routes. It helps with establishing cost reductions and improving performance.

Mr. Duda initially envisioned an Internet exchange for Detroit as an independent, non-profit, and fee-free business, unlike other worldwide exchanges that are controlled by a for-profit entity and charge to connect. Duda began the process of obtaining non-profit status after activating the exchange within 123NET’s Carrier-Neutral Data Center in Southfield.

The DET-iX is currently run by a volunteer board of directors, which includes Ryan Duda as well as representatives from several regional network providers and other exchange members.

DET-iX Member Traffic Doubles YOY

DayStarr Communications, a Shiawassee and Clinton County-based internet and telecommunications provider, joined DET-iX to increase connection and network speeds for its customers. “The DET-iX has allowed us to improve the quality of experience for our customers while at the same time rehoming 50% of our traffic from paid transit providers,” said Collin Rose, DayStarr’s President.

Since its inception, DET-iX member traffic has more than doubled year over year (YOY). Real-time traffic peaked at 325 Gbps in May 2021, almost comparable to streaming 100,000 movies at the same time. According to the DET-iX, its members save hundreds of dollars per month in transportation expenses when traffic is exchanged locally, making this one of the most effective methods to transmit data in Michigan.

The DET-iX is open to any organization with its own ASN (autonomous system number) and IP addresses.

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