March 05, 2015 10:22 ET

DE-CIX Supports FCC's Decision on Net Neutrality

Principles of an Open and Free Internet Are Critical to Internet Health and Ubiquitous Access

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 5, 2015) - On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934. DE-CIX announces its strong support for this decision, as it delivers ongoing protection of "Net Neutrality" in the United States.

Under Title II, the Internet will now be regulated as a telecommunications service rather than an information service, bringing with it provisions that prohibit content blocking and traffic prioritization. Net Neutrality under the FCC's ruling requires all data packets that cross the Internet to be treated the same, no matter the content contained in them.

This model of an open Internet is one that DE-CIX has long supported during its 20-year existence. DE-CIX's flagship Frankfurt Internet exchange enables fast and seamless interconnection for all networks that peer there, and this is now also the case for its new and rapidly growing Internet exchange in New York City.

"The FCC's newly confirmed position is 'No blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization' on the Internet, a stance we wholeheartedly support at DE-CIX," states DE-CIX's Frank Orlowski, Chief Marketing Officer. "We view this decision as an important milestone for allowing future Internet innovation to happen and to avoid a crippled Internet that is designed to keep only certain stakeholders happy. DE-CIX New York -- our first peering platform in North America -- is fully compliant with the FCC's new rules for Net Neutrality."

Supporters of Net Neutrality were thrilled with the FCC's decision last week, citing its goal of providing an open and free Internet for all. Critics, however, claim the ruling to be a step backwards. Most industry observers expect the ruling to be further fought through in the courts, a process that will take years to play out.

For more information on the DE-CIX stance on Net Neutrality, visit the web site of its parent organization, eco, the Association of the German Internet Industry, which can be found here. To join DE-CIX New York or for more information, visit:

About DE-CIX New York
DE-CIX New York is a carrier- and data center-neutral Internet exchange (IX) distributed across major carrier hotels and data centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metro region. With 100+ access points in Manhattan and New Jersey, DE-CIX New York is just a cross connect away from hundreds of ISPs and carriers.

DE-CIX New York is owned and operated by DE-CIX North America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DE-CIX International AG, the international arm of DE-CIX. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX in Frankfurt/Germany is the leading operator of Ethernet-based carrier and ISP interconnection (Peering) worldwide. For more information, please visit

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