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NAP
Last modified: Thursday, February 12, 2004 

Short for network access point, a public network exchange facility where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can connect with one another in peering arrangements. The NAPs are a key component of the Internet backbone because the connections within them determine how traffic is routed. They are also the points of most Internet congestion.

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Ameritech and the Chicago NAP
Describes Ameritech's involvement in the creation of the Chicago Network Access Point.

Louisville Network Access Point
The Louisville-NAP™ will provide a hub where Internet traffic can be exchanged among ISP’s and private businesses to facilitate faster Internet communications in the Louisville area.

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