Packet Clearing House

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Packet Clearing House (PCH)
Pch-logo-300x140.png
Founded1994; 27 years ago (1994)
FounderChris Alan and Mark Kent
TypeNonprofit corporation
Legal statusActive
FocusProviding operational support and security to critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system
Location
Key people
Bill Woodcock
(Executive Director)
Steve Feldman
(Chairman of the Board of Directors)
Dorian Kim
(Non-Executive Director)
Bob Arasmith
(Systems Director)
Kabindra Shrestha
(Network Director)
Revenue
USD 251,258,067 (2018)
USD 255,790,216 (2017)
USD 209,851,236 (2016)[1]
USD 292,796,682 (2015)[2]
USD 244,829,657 (2014)[3]
Employees
28
Volunteers
50
Websitepch.net

Packet Clearing House (PCH) is an international nonprofit organization responsible for providing operational support and security to critical internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system.

Overview[edit]

Packet Clearing House (PCH) was formed in 1994 by Chris Alan and Mark Kent to provide efficient regional and local network interconnection alternatives for the West Coast of the United States. It has grown to become a leading proponent of neutral independent network interconnection and provider of route-servers at major exchange points worldwide.

PCH provides equipment, training, data, and operational support to organizations and individual researchers seeking to improve the quality, robustness, and Internet accessibility.

As of 2018, major PCH projects include

  • Building and supporting nearly half of the world's approximately 500 Internet exchange points (IXPs);
  • Operating the INOC-DBA global Internet infrastructure protection hotline communications system;
  • Supporting global anycast Domain Name System (DNS) resources including root nameservers and over 400 top-level domains (TLDs);
  • Operating the only FIPS 140-2 Level 4 global TLD DNSSEC key management and signing infrastructure, with facilities in Singapore, Zurich, and San Jose
  • Implementing network research data collection initiatives in over 36 countries; and
  • Developing and presenting educational materials to foster a better understanding of Internet architectural principles and their policy implications among policymakers, technologists, and the general public.

PCH has more than 500 institutional donors, including the Soros Open Society Institute, which funded PCH in developing open-source software tools. These open source software tools help Internet service providers (ISPs) optimize their traffic routing, reduce costs and increase performance of Internet service delivered to the public; the United Nations Development Programme, Cisco Systems, NTT/Verio, Level 3, Equinix, the governments of Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, France, Singapore, Chile, Switzerland, and the United States, and hundreds of Internet service providers and individuals.

PCH works closely with the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) to offer courses on telecommunications regulation, Internet infrastructure construction and management, domain name system management, and Internet security coordination, three times a year in Washington, D.C. It also teaches in 80 to 100 on-location workshops a year throughout the world.

Locations[edit]

PCH maintains staffed offices in San Francisco, Berkeley, Dublin, Kathmandu, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Khartoum, and Port of Spain[4] and operates critical network infrastructure within 218 Internet exchange points.[5]

Board of directors[edit]

PCH's board of directors consists of Steve Feldman (chairman), Dorian Kim, and Bill Woodcock (executive director).[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Federal Audit Clearinghouse, 2016 Report of Independent Auditor and Financial Statements with OMB Circular A-133 Audit Reports and Supplementary Information".
  2. ^ "Federal Audit Clearinghouse, 2015 Report of Independent Auditor and Financial Statements with OMB Circular A-133 Audit Reports and Supplementary Information".
  3. ^ "Federal Audit Clearinghouse, 2014 Report of Independent Auditor and Financial Statements with OMB Circular A-133 Audit Reports and Supplementary Information".
  4. ^ "Packet Clearing House Locations". Retrieved 2013-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Packet Clearing House Peering". Retrieved 2013-04-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Packet Clearing House People". Retrieved 2013-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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