Packet Clearing House

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General Information
Stakeholder Group: Technical
Type: Non-Profit
Scope: Global
Country: USA
Region: North America
Issue Areas
Capacity Development

Packet Clearing House (PCH) is a non-profit research organization dedicated to evaluating the operations of Internet traffic exchange, routing economics, and global network development. Since its foundation in 1994, the institute has become one of the leaders in the advocacy for neutral independent network interconnection. PCH also provides route-servers for main exchange points around the world. The Packet Clearing House is composed of a Board of Directors, Technologists, Staff and Volunteers who work together to handle the institute's projects.[1]


PCH is primarily focused on providing educational resources regarding internet topology and economics, routing and technology, and traffic exchange policy, through classes, meetings, and distribution of educational materials. It also conducts research on technology, economic, and policy issues in relation to Internet traffic exchange. The Internet Routing Topology Archive is the longest running research project of the institute; it began in 1997. The archive is a database of Internet topology measurements. In terms of policy, PCH helps policy developers understand the operations of the internet and explains how it affects the economic development and the living standards of people worldwide.[2]


Packet Clearing House has different ongoing projects including:[3]

  • Construction of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in developing countries
  • Operations of the Inter-Network Operations Center Dial-By-ASN (INOC-DBA) hotline phone system
  • Support for Domain Name System (DNS) resources
  • Implementation of network research data collection initiatives
  • Presentation of educational materials to promote a deeper understanding about the principles of the Internet Architecture as well as the implications of policies