• Peering is bilateral. There is no MLPA.
  • BGP-4 or successor is used for peering and peers must set NEXT_HOP_SELF if advertising routes from other NHIX participants.
  • Participants may not point default or otherwise use another participant's resources without permission.
  • Broadcast traffic may not delivered to the exchange, except as needed for normal operation and troubleshooting.
  • Participants may not sniff traffic between other participants.

Switch Interconnection Policy:

Members may only utilize a single layer-2 MAC address to place a single layer-3 router per port allocated from the NHIX switch fabric unless by prior agreement approved by NHIX. The procedure for interconnecting a layer-2 device to the NHIX shall be as follows: a technical proposal shall be made to NHIX, accompanied by full documentation. This documentation shall be published on the announcement mailing list and the NHIX web site for comment by the members and the public for a period of no less than two weeks, where upon the NHIX shall determine whether the member is allowed to perform the proposed interconnection.  No more than one such proposal shall be entertained at a time, and any subsequent modifications to the interconnected equipment shall be similarly approved by the NHIX. The member shall be responsible for maintaining any required documentation of all layer-2 devices comprising the switch fabric, and such documentation shall always be available to NHIX operators.