DETROIT, MI., May 28, 2020 – Earlier this month, the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) soars to new heights by surpassing another milestone by reaching over 200Gbps. This news comes one month after achieving 150Gbps.
The DET-iX was founded in 2014 with nine members. As of May 2020, it has grown to 48 members and continues to rise to new heights. It is one of the largest not-for-profit internet exchange points in the world. DET-iX connects Michigan communities and businesses, allowing members to pass direct traffic freely.
“The DET-iX like other internet exchanges is a simple topology. However, we have an advantage of a 123NET 4,500-mile metro fiber network. This combination allows easy access for members to extend connectivity from the DET-iX to the end users. For many members, over 60% of their total internet traffic is flowing through the DET-iX for free. ”
Ryan Duda, DET-iX Founder & 123NET CTO
With new members joining every month, the DET-iX is consistently pushing bandwidth boundaries and connecting new networks. Current members range from local communities to Fortune 500 companies that include automotive, education, telecommunication partners and streaming providers.
The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprise businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying upstream service providers for the connection and traffic. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.
123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others. For more information, visitoptions, visit www.123.net.
BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.
DETROIT, MI., May 14, 2020, – Early this week, 123NET, Inc. (123NET) marked a milestone by installing high-speed fiber into more than 1,500 commercial buildings. This achievement comes less than one year after the company announced that it had hit the 1000 lit commercial building milestone back in 2019.
“The fiber team here at 123NET has grown substantially over the years and now includes over 100 team members. Each and every one of them has helped us achieve this awesome milestone. We couldn’t be happier to be able to extend our fiber network into 1,500 buildings.”
Chuck Irvin,123NET Director of Network Development
Currently, 123NET has nine in-house fiber crews. They work diligently building fiber infrastructure throughout Michigan, along with in-house permitting and fiber design departments, which all contribute to the completion of fiber projects. Irvin is already looking to the future for the company’s next breakthrough benchmark. “Milestones are great to celebrate, but we won’t revel in it for too long,” Irvin said. “We are already looking forward to the day we reach 2,000 lit buildings!”
123NET’s network spans across the state of Michigan connecting local communities and businesses alike with fiber engineered to be symmetrical, dedicated and scalable to fit all company bandwidth needs. The company continues to focus on providing businesses high-speed, reliable network connectivity as it builds toward its next goal.
123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.
BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.
4 Responsive Solutions That Can Help Your Business
Your business network may or may not be prepared for the expanding telecommuting workforce. While working with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers on their audio/video (AV) projects, there is a large increase in remote staff with bandwidth restrictions and limitations and some businesses could have a remote operations center in need of network connectivity and/or bandwidth upgrades. Companies are turning to cloud technology in increasing numbers and Microsoft reportedly saw an 800% increasein cloud services’ needs.
With the business landscape changing due to current conditions, things might seem uncertain but 123NET has four responsive solutions to assist your Michigan business with these changes: Hosted IP PBX, Fixed Wireless, Temporary Bandwidth Upgrades for Dedicated Internetand Ethernetand SD-WAN. These are the following industries that have benefited from our 4 responsive solutions:
123NET’s Hosted solution, backed by an SLA and instantly scalable, provides reliability, affordability, simplicity, and connectivity for Michigan businesses out there in these uncertain times. This product has a reliable automated system backup that includes multiple providers for further redundancy. It has proven affordable for a company that has an uncertain financial future because of off the shelf package options, a lower total cost than a Legacy Premise System, monthly instead of upfront equipment fees, and no ongoing maintenance costs. Complete with a web-driven control panel, transferring existing phone numbers, ordering new phone numbers, a Softphone app, and easy desk phone configuration, simplicity is inherent, guided by a 123NET engineer.
The product simplifies your existing setup through on-site phone system footprint reduction, eliminating IT staff equipment maintenance and staff members’ support needs. Our NOC technicians complete initial provisioning, configure changes and troubleshoot with support 24/7/365. The Hosted IP PBX proves to be a solid solution for the modern-day telecommuting workforce in an uncertain business environment.
Whether just needing additional bandwidth or providing network to a new location, 123NET’s Fixed Wirelesswith an SLA proves safe and reliable for Michigan businesses in today’s current conditions. It provides a flexible infrastructure and a large network footprint, including easy bandwidth upgrades and a quick install.
Should a business be looking for a temporary network solution, redundant connection, or a main connection, fixed wireless is great and could be deployed within 7 to 14 days. Alternatively, there is a chance to implement an off-net point-to-point connection, where we do not have a presence, such as a multiple location or campus orientation solution. For any Michigan business, fixed wirelesscan prove to be an invaluable resource.
123NET’s Bandwidth Upgrades can be incredibly useful in bandwidth adjustment for Michigan businesses, who have increased remote workforces now in the wake of recent events. If equipment needs to be changed, we will work to accommodate that need. Since the beginning of April 2020, temporary bandwidth upgrade expedite fees were waived as businesses transition through this current environment. As business’ networks feel the strain of telecommuting employees, this remains critical to connect Michigan communities and businesses.
For managing network connectivity with an increase in the telecommuting workforce, 123NET’s SD-WANproves to be a robust software approach with lower operational costs and improved resource usage, particularly for multi-site deployments. Through this option, Michigan businesses can experience rapid deployment, redundancy, and smart per-packet and application load balancing along with flexible connectivity, where businesses can bring their own internet connection, utilize 123NET connectivity, or both.
With the strain placed on Michigan business networks by an increase in the number of telecommuters during these current conditions, many are experiencing latency, packet loss, and total connection loss. The world is changing without any end in sight. Businesses can be prepared to support their remote workforces by utilizing one of our network solutions.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 concluded The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open comment period regarding WC Docket No. 19-308, which aims to address provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act. This targets regulations dealing with unbundling and resale requirements affecting incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). The proposal, set forth by the FCC, would no longer require ILECs to unbundle services including DS-0, DS-1, DS-3, and voice-grade loops and dark fiber transport.
Over the past several decades, the telecom industry has become increasingly competitive because of provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act, which gave smaller companies existing infrastructure for resale at competitive prices. It led to providers, offering voice and data solutions. According to some ILECs, this competition fuels the debate that unbundling regulations has become unnecessary and restricted network growth.
Timeline to Transition
The regulations’ relaxation means ILECs are no longer required to allow access to existing and now outdated infrastructure in most areas. This forces many carriers who have come to depend on this network to find alternative methods of service delivery. While the FCC proposed three years to allow for a smooth transition, many carriers are concerned they are unable to competitively deliver services in rural areas, where network alternatives are not as common.
While legacy networks are ushered out of existence and customers face obtaining voice and data services during this transition period, 123NET plans to address it directly. Building high-speed fiber-optic networks throughout Michigan will be a larger priority than ever before.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 09, 2018 – The Detroit Community Technology Project’s (DCTP’s) passion is fostering digital literacy and human connection within their communities and globally. The Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), a DCTP program, is a collaboration between several community organizations and neighbors in Detroit to distribute Gigabit internet connections to at least 150 homes. EII trains Digital Stewards to ensure that more Detroit residents have the ability to leverage online access and digital technology for social and economic development.
Diana Nucera, Director of the Detroit Community Technology Project, sees partnering with 123Net as a great opportunity to expand the work that DCTP has already been engaged in, “123Net sees what we see in Detroit. They understand that this City is experiencing tremendous growth, but too many people are being excluded from that growth. Our goal is to empower our community to own digital infrastructure and change the narrative of the internet from a place of consumption to a place of creation.”
123Net is excited to partner with DCTP through its Equitable Internet Initiative. “We know that in a city so poorly connected, our residents won’t be able to attain the opportunities, education, and careers that they deserve to pursue. The Detroit Community Technology Project focuses on preserving the rich culture of the city by progressing the digital literacy of the population, and we saw an opportunity to use our infrastructure successes to advance that goal. We hope to be able to help DCTP leverage our experience and technology to propel Detroit’s inevitable development by empowering Detroiters to control their own network,” said Dan Irvin, CEO of 123Net.
The partnership consists of six 1 Gbps connections from 123Net to three neighborhoods that are part of the Equitable Internet Initiative: Southwest Detroit through a partnership with Grace in Action, Islandview in Southeast Detroit through a partnership with Church of the Messiah, and the North End through a partnership with the North End Woodward Community Coalition. Digital Stewards, community members who are trained by DCTP in technical skills and community organizing, distribute and maintain those connections throughout these neighborhoods. The Digital Stewards share a passion for digital literacy and a desire to expand their own knowledge base.
123Net is a Michigan-based internet service provider focused on equipping businesses with industry-leading data center, voice, fiber, fixed wireless, and other network services. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange, 123Net maintains the largest, private carrier hotel and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, and others. For more information, please visit https://www.123.net/news
About the Detroit Community Technology Project
The Detroit Community Technology Project seeks to promote digital literacy, education, and creation through multiple programs, including the Equitable Internet Initiative and Digital Stewards programs. Through these projects, the DCTP expands access to wireless broadband and digital literacy training to three Detroit neighborhoods. For more information, please visit https://detroitcommunitytech.org/