Bilateral peering

Traffic exchanged directly between two members of the exchange over the shared exchange fabric.

Multilateral peering

Traffic exchanged directly between members wishing to peer directly with any carrier.

Direct content access

Content participants include:

Akamai, Amazon, CloudFlare, Facebook, Fastly, Google, Limelight, Netflix, and Oath

Connecting to MICE

Contact for details on connecting to MICE. As part of the connection process, you will need to complete the MICE Order Form.

Port Fees

MICE charges fees for ports on the core switches.

Port fees are for the calendar year.

Port fees are subject to change. To receive notice of fee changes, join the MICE-ANNOUNCE mailing list. To participate in MICE governance, join the MICE-DISCUSS mailing list and/or attend User Group meeings (in person or via conference call).

A 1G port is $0/year. More than one 1G port requires board approval; if the board grants an exception, the participant is charged the 10G fee. That is, a 2x1G LAG would be $250/year.

The first 10G port is $250/year. Additional 10G ports are $1,000/year. More than four ports requires board approval.

A 100G port is $3,000/year. We currently have no limit for 100G ports besides available ports and reasonable technical need.

These are port fees, so remote switch operators pay for the ports they use. MICE does not charge participants who connect to a remote switch. Charges between remote switch operators and participants connected to their switches are not controlled by MICE.

Payment status is public.

A non-payment disconnection policy will be developed; it will be applied to all participants neutrally.

Mid-year changes will be pro-rated to the day the new port is ready on the MICE side. The pro-rated credit from the old port(s) will offset the pro-rated charges from the new port(s), but no refunds will be given.

Participants on the core switches must provide their own optics. To simplify troubleshooting for our volunteer administrators, MICE recommends the use of first-party optics (Arista optics on the Arista switch, Juniper optics on the Juniper switch).


The exchange is provided on an “as is” basis. MICE disclaims all warranties and service guarantees.

Neither party shall, in any event, regardless of the form of claim, be liable for any indirect, special, punitive, exemplary, speculative or consequential damages (including lost profits or revenues), subject to the foregoing and not withstanding anything to the contrary elsewhere contained herein, the maximum aggregate liability of either party shall not exceed, regardless of the form of claim, the fees paid or payable by Participant to MICE during the 12-month period preceding the incident.