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- The 2015 BPF ‘Enabling environments to establish successful IXPs’
2. Scope and Goal of the 2016 BPF on IXPs
2.1 The 2015 BPF Enabling environment to establish successful IXPs
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Enabling environments to establish successful IXPs was one of the BPFs of the 2015 IGF. It’s open and collaborative process produced a best practices outcome document that was discussed at the 2015 IGF meeting in João Pessoa, Brazil. The 2015 document explains why IXPs matter, and it focuses on ways to create enabling environments that facilitate the establishment and development of IXPs.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The 2015 BPF described that setting up an IXP depends on building a community of interest. IXPs have to find peers that agree to set up and run the IXP, and get the necessary support to obtain equipment, training, and capacity building. It highlighted that more than 80% of the success of the IXP will depend on its capability to create an environment of trust and cooperation among its stakeholders.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The BPF pointed out that governments and regulators can play a facilitating role by resolving potential legal and regulatory issues that prevent IXPs from deploying and developing, by providing support when it is starting up, by bringing stakeholders together, and by stimulating the development of the country’s infrastructure, including a healthy competitive market for national and international connection.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 The 2015 best practices document provides case studies, references, and links to background material that will inspire and help stakeholders create an environment that enables the establishment of successful IXPs.
2.2. The 2016 BPF on IXPs: Scope and Goals
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 The BPF on IXPs identifies linkages between the benefits and performance of active IXPs and the general theme of the IGF – “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” – as well as the IGF’s work on Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion and the achievement of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
¶ 18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 The outcome document of the 2016 BFP on IXPs intends to serve as a resource for policymakers, regulators, governments, and decision-makers in the private sector. IXPs and their stakeholders often look to the experiences of other IXPs in order to identify what made them flourish and ultimately be successful.
¶ 20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 The BPF acknowledges work that is done by other fora in order to minimize duplication, and it will incorporate the knowledge and expertise from organizations, such as IXP associations, the IXP Toolkit, the Internet Society (ISOC), Packet Clearing House (PCH), network operator groups, and individual IXPs. The outcome of the BPF is intended to be a “living” and flexible resource, not a one-time initiative, that informs all kinds of policy debates on IXP-related issues in a neutral way.
¶ 22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 The 2016 BPF on IXPs discusses factors that can contribute to the development and success of IXPs, and in particular to their successful management and operation, and the development of the broader Internet ecosystem around the IXP.
2.2. The purpose of the BPF outcome document
¶ 23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 The aim of this BPF is to make existing community knowledge more widely available and easily accessible. The best practices outlined in this document have been provided by a wide range of experts and stakeholders through an iterative and open process. These best practices, together with the 2015 BPF on IXPs output document, are meant to serve as the foundation of a flexible framework for creating successful IXPs. This framework is not meant to be static, but intended to serve as a starting point, and can be improved as more IXPs are deployed around the world and share their experiences.
What this document is not
¶ 24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 The information and examples in this document are useful regardless of the country or continent; however, this does not mean that they are applicable in every context.
¶ 26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 The BPF on IXPs does not intend to formulate prescriptive policy recommendations, as there is no one solution or panacea that will work in all circumstances and in every county, region, or context. The BPF will, among other aims, explain how, in specific cases, certain regulatory approaches affect(ed) the development of the IXP because such information could help inform the relevant stakeholders about making policy choices.
¶ 28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 The IGF is not an appropriate forum to discuss or teach the technical knowhow that is needed to create and/or run an IXP, nor is it a technical manual for routers and switches. There are specialist meetings and forums that dive into the technical details of how to establish, operate, and sustain an IXP. In addition, technical guidelines and reference documents are available from IXP operators and managers. Section 5 and the appendixes of this document provide a non-exhaustive overview of IXP-related fora and reference documents for those seeking detailed information, including technical guidance and technical best practices..
2.3. Methodological note
¶ 30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 This document is the outcome of an open and iterative process that occurred over the months preceding the 2016 IGF meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, (6-9 December 2016). The structure and content of the document was developed through online discussions on an open mailing list and through regular virtual meetings in which all community members could participate and contribute. These real-life experiences and testimonials helped to shape this best practices document.
¶ 32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 Drafts of this document were made available on the IGF website for public comment prior to (and during) the 2016 IGF meeting. Additional input was received during the BPF on IXPs session at the 2016 IGF meeting (at 16:30-18:00 on Thursday, 8 December 2016).
¶ 34 Leave a comment on paragraph 34 0 For additional information regarding the 2016 IXP BPF process, please refer to the IGF website: http://intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/bpf-ixps .
¶ 35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0  The Scope and Goals document can be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/filedepot_download/3408/83