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Switch And Data Introduces New Philadelphia Commercial Internet Exchange Point
Dandy Connections, DCANet, FASTNET and SNiP Initiate New Internet Exchange To Improve Local Traffic Efficiencies

TAMPA, FL - December 9, 2003 - Switch and Data, the leading neutral interconnection and colocation provider, today announced that it has established a new regional Internet exchange in Philadelphia. Five charter members have signed contracts to participate in this exchange. This collaborative effort is another important step in Switch and Data’s continuing drive to enhance its leadership position of regional exchange points and distributed peering networks.

The charter participants of this new exchange point include Dandy Connections, Inc., DCANet, FASTNET Corporation and SNiP. By establishing this regional exchange point in the Philadelphia area, local enterprises and Internet companies will reduce their network deployment costs and improve network efficiency. These companies will no longer be dependant on the local loop and transport costs which are required to move traffic to the crowded New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago area exchange points. Participants can now greatly improve network efficiency by keeping their local traffic within the Philadelphia area. Switch and Data’s Philadelphia facility hosts over 51 unique telecommunications carriers, IP providers, content delivery network providers and enterprises.

“We see this metro as a significant market with a strong presence and mix of regional networks and enterprises,” said Jim Weller, Vice President of Business Development, Switch and Data. “We applaud the pioneering efforts of all of our participants.”

“The ability for us to publicly peer is a great advantage to us,” said Anthony Abate, President and CTO, SNiP. “The Philadelphia facility has a robust customer base and a comprehensive network of private interconnections. Adding a public peering infrastructure to our interconnection options gives everyone here a new and more cost effective way to exchange traffic with one another.”

“Switch and Data’s diverse customer base in this facility lends itself to a lot of interconnection opportunities,” said Phil Banh, Manager of Network Operations, DCANet. “What they (Switch and Data) have done is given companies a choice in how they interconnect with each other.”

About Switch and Data
Switch and Data provides premium quality, neutral interconnection and colocation services to network centric enterprises and service providers. Built on a foundation of financial stability, Switch and Data operates the largest footprint of any neutral provider in the United States with interconnection choices to the most diverse selection of network providers. Switch and Data customers derive a unique and powerful benefit from the richest marketplace created by their direct access to other customers and partners located in the Switch and Data facilities. Content rich companies looking for a robust choice of Internet networks to connect to their end-customers, and Internet service providers seeking to exchange traffic or sell transit find Switch and Data’s unparalleled PAIX (Peering and Internet Exchange) products and services to be their solution of choice. For more information, please visit www.switchanddata.com.

Dawn Wright
Switch and Data