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The '''Internet backbone''' refers to the principal [[data route]]s between large, strategically [[interconnect]]ed [[network]]s and [[core router]]s in the [[Internet]]. These [[data route]]s are hosted by commercial, government, academic and other [[high-capacity network]] centers, the [[Internet exchange point]]s and [[Network access point]]s, that interchange [[Internet traffic]] between the countries, continents and across the oceans of the world. [[Traffic]] interchange between the [[Internet service provider]]s, often [[Tier 1 network]]s, participating in the Internet backbone exchange [[traffic]] by [[peering agreement|privately negotiated interconnection agreements]], primarily governed by the principle of settlement-free [[peering]].
== Definition ==
 
 
The '''Internet backbone''' refers to the principal [[data route]]s between large, strategically [[interconnect]]ed [[network]]s and [[core router]]s in the [[Internet]].
 
 
== Overview ==
 
 
These [[data route]]s are hosted by commercial, government, academic and other [[high-capacity network]] centers, the [[Internet exchange point]]s and [[Network access point]]s, that interchange [[Internet traffic]] between the countries, continents and across the oceans of the world. [[Traffic]] interchange between the [[Internet service provider]]s, often [[Tier 1 network]]s, participating in the Internet backbone exchange [[traffic]] by [[peering agreement|privately negotiated interconnection agreements]], primarily governed by the principle of settlement-free [[peering]].
 
   
   
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