In operation since 2000, MarketScout is an independent electronic insurance exchange in Dallas. The privately owned company underwrites and distributes product lines to more than 35,000 member agency networks throughout the United States. It works in contracts with insurance companies. MarketScout also offers access to markets that insure traditional and esoteric accounts. The company provides an online conduit between independent agents and organizations. In addition, it publishes a newsletter, Insurance Voice, which highlights activities in the insurance industry. The company is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and the National Association of Professional Excess & Surplus Line Offices.