Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's Actions

Scott Berkman scott at sberkman.net
Mon Nov 29 17:17:05 CST 2010

Unless I am missing something, Level3 is just the transit provider.  Level 3
(via one of their acquisition a few years back) does have a very popular CDN
product, but even if they are the source from an IP perspective, they still
do not own the content, that is still primarily the networks and studios.

Also as to GoogleTV, from what I have seen so far they are simply providing
an interface (via an OS for 3rd party hardware) to access already available
content, so yes they would be affected.


-----Original Message-----
From: Seth Mattinen [mailto:sethm at rollernet.us] 
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 6:02 PM
To: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's

On 11/29/2010 14:40, Rettke, Brian wrote:
> 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.

Is Level3 the content provider though? Or did Comcast just decide they don't
want to do the settlement free peering thing anymore for traffic transiting
via Level 3?


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