[NANOG] Level3 not honoring Broadwing contracts?

Chris Owen owenc at hubris.net
Tue Apr 29 09:09:48 CDT 2008

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On Apr 29, 2008, at 7:17 AM, Deepak Jain wrote:

> But if you are looking for Level 3 to make any sense, you are going to
> be waiting a long, long, long time with the rest of us.
> They have never successfully "sold" much in their brief history. They
> have successfully acquired lots, and lots, and lots of revenue and  
> then
> burned it off fabulously quickly.

Yea, we were a Telcove customer and recently talked to our new Level3  
salesperson (200 miles away).  He basically told us they wouldn't be  
selling us anything new in the future (at any price) but it probably  
wouldn't matter because they would also be "rerating" our colo charges  
too.  This in a datacenter that is at least 1/2 empty.

It was clear from the conversation that he never considered for a  
moment that we might actually pay the new rate.  He just assumed we  
were gone as soon as it happened.  Obviously I don't have a business  
degree because I don't understand the business model of buying up  
business and then going out of your way to chase off their customers.   
The Level3 higher ups must see something I don't.


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