Charter Expands IP Peering Through Cologix

No. 4 U.S. cable operator Charter Communications has expanded its IP peering footprint through the Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room in the 511 11th data center in downtown Minneapolis data center.

“Charter views Minneapolis as a strategic peering market,” said Tim Beatrice, Charter’s peering coordinator. “Our relationship with Cologix enables us to deploy significant new IP infrastructure to shift IP peering handoffs from Chicago to Minneapolis. This shift is important because it allows for peering closer to our large Internet customer locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, reducing the risk of network traffic concentration in Chicago. We have already established direct connections to several of our key peers and are in active discussions with others.”

Cologix operates more than 20,000 square feet of data center space in the most connected building in Minnesota. It offers connections to more than 80 national, regional and local networks, and supports media, cloud, financial, education and government communities. It also gives direct access to the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE).

“Charter’s recognition of Minneapolis as a strategic peering market reflects trends we are seeing across our platform,” said Mike Hemphill, general manager at Cologix Minneapolis. “This thickening of the Internet’s edge is good for Charter customers, content providers interested in high-performance delivery and the broader Minneapolis community.”

He added, “Charter is a key customer for Cologix in both Minneapolis and Dallas and we are delighted to support their network growth.”

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