Northern New England Neutral Internet Exchange


All about the Northern New England Neutral Internet Exchange in Portland, Maine.

Northern New England Neutral Internet Exchange

NNENIX (say "nee-nicks") is a new, non-profit Internet Exchange (IX) specifically for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

NNENIX is the network fabric and physical location where Internet network operators and enterprises can come together to peer, or pass Internet traffic between each other's networks in a more optimized way.  

NNENIX is not an Internet Service Provider (ISP). It is a connectivity resource for ISPs, content providers, government, education, healthcare, and commercial enterprise networks. To participate, you must operate an Autonomous System and use the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing protocol on your network.

NNENIX helps provide the "critical mass" needed to attract major Internet carriers and content distribution networks to connect to the Northern New England market.  NNENIX will have the long-term effect of improving overall Internet speeds, reducing Internet bandwidth costs, and increasing the reliability and resiliency of the Internet for our members, and for the general public in all of Northern New England.

NNENIX is incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Maine and has applied for IRS 501(c)3 status. NNENIX is organized as a membership organization governed by a board of directors elected by it members.We are fully operational and passing traffic between the members, starting at our first location in Portland, Maine.

Take a look at our two page promotional handout for interested potential members.

We have a quick Checklist for what you need to do to become a member.

Brief presentation about NNENIX for Maine Fiber Company's User Group meeting on 4/6/2017.

We were pleased to present a webinar to MTUG with general educational content about the Internet and NNENIX on 4/12/2017.

here is the presentation about NNENIX from 2/8/2018 at the Central Maine Tech Night.

Our PeeringDB entry is here.


Peering at NNENIX will reduce network latency and increase overall speeds by avoiding the need to route traffic via Boston, New York, or elsewhere.  It can also reduce your total network costs and provides other important benefits.


Initial NNENIX participants include NetworkMaine (AS 557) which encompasses the University of Maine System, the Maine School and Library Network (MSLN),  MaineREN, and others