Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's Actions

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Tue Nov 30 06:59:06 CST 2010

On Mon, 29 Nov 2010, Bret Clark wrote:
> Okay's let's say L3 gives in to Comcast and pays them. L3 then turns around 
> and charges us (providers) more to cover the additional money they have to 
> pay Comcast now.

Why don't you, and other providers, demand L3 give you the same 
settlement-free peering they want from Comcast?  Then you won't need to
pay L3 anything because of L3's deal with Comcast?

Oh, what?  You say that L3 won't peer with you on a settlement-free 
basis, L3 wants you to pay them?

Or why don't you build a network to places that Comcast peers at; and 
bypass L3 completely and negotiate a peering relationship directly with 

Peering battles are so much fun because every side can think up all sorts 
of reasons why they should or should not pay or be paid.  There is no 
right or wrong answer.

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