Michigan’s Premier Data Center, Network, & Voice Services Provider
123.Net, Inc. (123NET) is a privately owned company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. The company delivers the highest quality fiber internet, colocation, and business voice services to clients throughout Michigan. 123NET is managed by a team of accomplished executives with strong engineering and problem-solving backgrounds, working together to maximize the company’s solutions and, ultimately, returns for their clients.
For over 25 years, 123NET has re-invested into Michigan’s infrastructure and its team to build a solid foundation in the telecommunications industry. The diverse professional experiences of 123NET’s founders directly support the company’s core competencies…data center, network, and voice services.
Building Network to make Michigan Communities and Businesses the Best Connected on the Planet.
123NET continues to share the same passion to grow and evolve that has led to the company’s continuous growth over its first 25 years. The company created and gave autonomy to the Detroit Internet Exchange, Michigan’s only carrier-neutral, not-for-profit internet exchange that has grown into one of the 40 largest peering hubs internationally and the largest fee-free exchange in the world. The company anticipates the DET-iX to continue to grow at 25-30 percent annually, providing clients with speed and cost advantages.
With a focus on making Michigan the best-connected state for business, 123NET will continue delivering the most reliable data center, network, and voice services available in the markets we serve. As the demand for mobility and internet-based services across Michigan rises, 123NET will continue to provide a reliable backbone that facilitates this growth, fosters innovation, and enables Michigan companies to compete and succeed in an increasingly connected world.
123NET’s goal is to empower Michigan’s communities to change the narrative of the internet from a place of consumption to a place of creation. This starts by partnering with local communities and non-profit organizations such as the Detroit Community Technology Project, Equitable Internet Initiative, and Grace in Action Collective, to understand the true needs of the community and how 123NET can help. 123NET has donated multiple circuits to non-profits, local organizations, and COVID-19 Testing Sites, and continues to look for additional ways to make an impact.
123NET is currently involved with other carriers in a project to bring the City of Detroit better, faster, and more affordable internet connections through an Open Access Fiber Network. This partnership will deliver more than 225 miles of carrier-neutral network into Detroit, to help close the city’s digital divide.
President & CEO
Dan Irvin is the Founder and primary owner of 123NET. He actively serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Irvin studied physics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Prior to starting 123NET, Dan developed controls software for jet engines at General Electric Aircraft Engines.
Ryan joined 123NET at the age of 17 after graduating high school and soon became a part owner in the company. Ryan is the 123NET Core Engineer and Network Architect. He is renowned for his coding abilities, having coded an online portal in 1998, which allowed anyone to become a Virtual Internet Service Provider. His work also enabled the interconnecting of one of the first Class 4 software switches to the SS7 Network.
James brings more than 20 years of industry expertise to the 123NET team. He attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and German International Minor. James was part of the original implementation of 123NET’s Network Infrastructure and currently utilizes his strong background in operations to oversee and facilitate solutions and day-to-day operations for the company.