IX-West is a Colorado non-profit organization that strives to provide open, neutral, community oriented, and membership driven Internet, IT, and Telecommunication interconnectivity in the greater Rocky Mountain West. Our primary objective is to provide a multitude of interconnection options for all organizations throughout Colorado, and beyond.

Our first exchange, IX-Denver, was founded in the Denver Gas and Electric building in downtown Denver thanks to 910Telecom. We have since expanded to multiple locations to better serve our members. This is a major step towards a more robust, more reliable, more cost effective, and truly local Internetwork in this region.

Key Facts:

  • At its core, IX-West is simply a series of Interconnection eXchanges (IXs).
  • An IX is a physical infrastructure through which all participating organisations can directly interconnect their networks with each other.
  • IX-Denver is the first IX-West IX, serving the Denver metro area.
  • IX-West is actively seeking partners in all surrounding municipalities and communities to help build additional IXs.
  • Interconnecting through an IX is typically called “Peering” and is often a lower cost & more secure alternative to buying “Transit” services from a traditional ISP.
  • Modern IXs, like IX-Denver and all IX-West interconnection exchanges, offer additional value-add services such as private interconnection, layer 2 and layer 3 connectivity options, route servers, DNS root servers, and more.
  • IX-West is operated in an open, neutral, and community focused manner by a Board of Directors elected by the members themselves.  The business, technology, and innovation are always firmly in the hands of the “customer.”

Who Benefits from an Interconnection eXchange (IX)?

  • Virtually any organization with an IT network or an Internet connection benefits.
  • Some organizations are able to lower their ISP/Transit bills significantly by Peering directly with the organizations they communicate most frequently.
  • Other organizations find additional security and peace of mind by Peering with partners directly to avoid sending proprietary, trade secret, and other confidential data over the open (and insecure) Internet.
  • Still others benefit by bypassing Internet congestion and “choke points”, providing their users a much improved quality of experience.
  • Many organizations actually fall into more than one of the categories above, thus deriving multiple benefits when joining their local IX.
  • Additionally, state & local governments benefit by keeping traffic local, reducing the cost of doing businesses, and increasing the stability of our Internet.

Join Us

Please feel free to send an email if you don’t hear from us within 36 hours of completing the application form.

Thank you.

Note: If you have questions about membership and pricing, look here.