The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, City and County leaders delivered updates on the Montgomery Internet Exchange, MGMix and the tech economic development on Wednesday afternoon. Less than 18 months ago, Montgomery became home to the State’s only internet exchange and now leaders have announced an upgrade to the capacity of the Internet Exchange to handle 100 Gigabits of traffic per second. Mayor Todd Strange says the new status has a significant meaning for Montgomery. “We have all the capabilities that anyone in the near term could want to have and by doing this the Montgomery Internet Exchange can be a host; Atlanta has one hundred gig, but also now we are an alternative to Atlanta, we are a lower cost provider,” says Strange. The increased capacity has the potential to attract new partnerships with large companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Apple or Netflix. Lt. General Steven Kwast says he’s seen Montgomery maximize efforts in technology through its talent pipeline with various partnerships. “You have academia, military, a business community and leadership in this community that can experiment and explore cyber capacity,” added Kwast. In addition to economic development initiatives leaders also announced that CoWerx46, a developer-centered co-working space, will open officially this month
. The facility is positioned to anchor Montgomery's innovation district, and leaders say it will foster collaboration, creativity, and employment in the technology field.
More information on the Montgomery Internet Exchange can be found on www.mgmix.net.