Terms of Use Policy

Terms of Use Policy

GPIEX’s goal is to make the GPIEX Internet Exchange the best IP exchange for all participants. As part of this, we put together the following policy to help the exchange run well for all users.


Participants must adhere to the GPIEX connectivity AUP.

Participants must ensure that their usage of the GPIEX Internet Exchange is not detrimental to the usage of other GPIEX Internet Exchange participants.

Participants must ensure that their usage is in compliance with applicable Internet standards and Internet exchange standards as published by the IETF.

Participants should not use the GPIEX Internet Exchange for carrying traffic between their own routers.

Traffic may only be forwarded from one GPIEX Internet Exchange participant to another if permission is given by the recipient. There is no Multilateral Peering (MLPA).


The GPIEX Internet Exchange provides connectivity to its infrastructure using switched, shared Ethernet LANs. All physical interfaces connected to the GPIEX Internet Exchange infrastructure must be explicitly configured with duplex and speed settings, and must not be configured to use Ethernet auto-negotiation.

Physical interfaces of the same speed on the same physical GPIEX Internet Exchange switch may be aggregated together using IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation control protocol, by prior agreement with the GPIEX Internet Exchange. However, for multiple connections, the GPIEX Internet Exchange and GPIEX reserve the right to charge fees as needed to ensure fair access to all participants.

The GPIEX Internet Exchange reserves the right to disconnect any port which violates any of the requirements listed without notice.

Routing Policy

Each Participant must have their own Autonomous System number.

Unicast peering between participants' routers across the GPIEX Internet Exchange will be via BGP (version 4 or subsequent) and peers must set NEXT_HOP_SELF if advertising routes from other participants.

Participants shall not generate unnecessary route flap, or advertise unnecessarily specific routes in peering sessions with participants across the GPIEX Internet Exchange.

Participants may not point default or otherwise use another participant's resources without permission.
Broadcast traffic may be not delivered to the exchange, except as needed for normal operation and troubleshooting.
Participants will peer with the Route Viewer or other collection devise (the viewer will not advertise any routes, and the routes received will only be used for data collection, reporting and monitoring).

Participants may only utilize a single layer-2 MAC address to place a single layer-3 router per port allocated from the switch fabric unless by prior agreement.


Participants have a duty of confidentiality to the GPIEX Internet Exchange and other GPIEX Internet Exchange participants. In particular, Participants must not install packet sniffers to monitor traffic passing through the GPIEX Internet Exchange.

Participants may not connect equipment to or otherwise provide connectivity to the GPIEX Internet Exchange switch infrastructure on behalf of non-participants.


Participants must not carry out any illegal activities thru the exchange. While GPIEX agrees to aggressively protect the privacy and operational integrity of our users, we are obligated under US law to comply with warrants and subpoenas as presented by qualified law enforcement agencies.

In the event a participant makes any claim against the GPIEX as a result of the Exchange, for any reason whatsoever, the claim or claims shall be limited in aggregate to the amount of fees paid by the participant to GPIEX for the IP Exchange service.

Please forward any questions or comments to customerservice@gpiex.net.
GPIEX may amend this document at any time. If any participating network has a grievance or concern with the conduct of any other participating network, send an email customerservice@gpiex.net for review.

Participants agree to comply with this AUP and have 30 days to comply with any changes.