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MAE-East is an Internet Exchange Point spread across the east coast of the United States, with locations in Vienna, Virginia; Reston, Virginia; Ashburn, Virginia; New York, New York; and Miami, Florida. It is the eastern branch of the MCI Internet Exchange. Its name officially stands for "Metropolitan Area Exchange, East".[1]

MAE-East provides many connection options to members. Frame relay encapsulation is offered at OC-3, OC-12, and OC-48 speeds using Packet over SONET. Gigabit ethernet connections are offered on 1000SX or 1000LX optics. Finally, ATM connections at DS-3, OC-3, and OC-12 speeds are offered.


MAE-East was originally created in 1992, primarily by Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS) and Rick Adams of UUNET. Steven Feldman an Internet architect recalls "A group of network providers in the Virgina area got together over beer one night and decided to connect their networks."[2] The founding networks were AlterNet (UUNET's backbone service), PSINet and Sprint-ICM. MFS was the service provider offering co-location facilities, cross connects and switch ports for the ISPs to interconnect. The original location was in the underground parking garage of 1919 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA.[2] In 1993, the National Science Foundation awarded MFS/MAE-East a grant establishing it as one of the four original NAPs (Network Access Point). MAE-East was then expanded with an additional collocation site across the street at 8100 Boone Blvd., behind showcase glass walls in the 5th floor office of MFS.


The following providers are members of this exchange:[3]

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  1. ^ "Who's MAE, and why is she so slow?", Rob Robertson, 11 April 1997, accessed 3 July 2012
  2. ^ a b James Bamford (2009). The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. Random House. p. 187. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Information about MAE-East, including a member list and aerial photographs of the Vienna, VA/Tyson's Corner site, accessed 3 July 2012

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