ISI's LAAP and PAIX Agree to Interconnect LA Switch Fabrics

December 4, 2002

The Los Angeles Access Point (LAAP), operated by the University of Southern Californias Information Sciences Institute, and, Inc. (PAIX), a carrier-neutral Internet exchange and subsidiary of Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. (MFN), have announced.

The arrangement allows all LAAP and PAIX clients to easily exchange IP traffic with one another, as if they were connected to the same switch fabric.

The arrangement establishes economical Layer 2 interconnection in the L.A. area for organizations located in a variety of data centers and exchange sites.

It is anticipated that both PAIX and LAAP customers will realize greater efficiency when accessing various network and content providers by eliminating multiple network hops. Participants will reduce their costs in multiple peering or transit sessions through one single switch port., eliminating the need for "last-mile" circuits, multiple cross connects, and additional equipment costs.

PAIX previously announced two very similar alignments in the Seattle metro with both the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX) and Pacific Northwest Gigapopís Pacific Wave exchange.

"This collaborative effort with LAAP is an extremely important step in our Los Angeles deployment, and improves the overall peering environment there," said Shelly Fishman, VP of Sales Marketing and Business Development at, Inc. "PAIX believes that the Internet will best grow through the deployment of a multi-faceted infrastructure of co-location, peering and interconnection that allows participants the widest possible range of choices in where they can house their network components and with whom they can cost-effectively exchange traffic."

"This will add value to both existing and future customers of the PAIX and LAAP," said Celeste Anderson of LAAP. "We think this is a win-win situation."

On May 20, 2002, Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. and most of its domestic subsidiaries including, Inc. commenced voluntary Chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

"We have investigated and do not believe this circumstance will expose our customers to significant risk, either financial or electronic," Anderson said.