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MAE (Metropolitan Area Exchange)
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A MAE is a form of Internet exchange where Internet backbone operators and/or regional network operators peer with one another. Peering is a relationship in which different network authorities agree to exchange route advertisements and traffic. Internet exchanges are also called NAPs (network access points).
The MAEs are a special version of the NAPs that are implemented as metropolitan area networks. Basically, the network reaches out to connect with major providers in the service areas they cover. MAE-West is in California's Silicon Valley and MAE-East is in the Washington, DC, area. MAE is a trademark of MCI Worldcom, which acquired the MAEs in its purchase of MFS (Metropolitan Fiber Systems) Communications.
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