Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's Actions

Aaron Wendel aaron at wholesaleinternet.net
Mon Nov 29 16:49:48 CST 2010

A customer pays them for access to the Internet.  If that access demands
more infrastructure then Comcast needs to build out the infrastructure and
pass on the costs to the customers demanding it.


I think it sets a very bad precedent that Level3 agreed to their terms.  How
long would it have lasted with Comcast subscribers asking why they couldn't
download their movies?





From: Rettke, Brian [mailto:Brian.Rettke at cableone.biz] 
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 4:41 PM
To: Patrick W. Gilmore; NANOG list
Subject: RE: Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's


Essentially, the question is who has to pay for the infrastructure to
support the bandwidth requirements of all of these new and booming streaming
ventures. I can understand both the side taken by Comcast, and the side of
the content provider, but I don't think it's as simple as the slogans spewed
out regarding "Net Neutrality", which has become so misused and abused as a
term that I don't think it has any credulous value remaining.

I'm hoping that there is an eventual meeting of the minds wherein some sort
of collaboration takes place. If this gets additional government regulations
I fear no one will like the result.


Brian A . Rettke
Network Engineer, CableONE Internet Services

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick W. Gilmore [mailto:patrick at ianai.net]
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 3:28 PM
To: NANOG list
Subject: Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's


I understand that politics is off-topic, but this policy affects operational
aspects of the 'Net.

Just to be clear, L3 is saying content providers should not have to pay to
deliver content to broadband providers who have their own product which has
content as well.  I am certain all the content providers on this list are
happy to hear L3's change of heart and will be applying for settlement free
peering tomorrow.  (L3 wouldn't want other providers to claim the Vyvx or
CDN or other content services provided by L3 are competing and L3 is putting
up a "toll booth" on the Internet, would they?)



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