Short for Metropolitan Area Ethernet,
a Network Access Point (NAP)
where Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
can connect with each other. The original MAE was set up by a company called MFS and is based in Washington, D.C. Later, MFS built another one in Silicon Valley
, dubbed MAE-West.
In addition to the MAEs from MFS, there are many other NAPs. Although MAE refers really only to the NAPs from MFS, the two terms are often used interchangeably.