Nov 30, 2010

10 Facts About Peering, Comcast and Level 3

1. Our customers get access to all the online video they want, along with any other Internet content, application, or service they choose -- regardless of its source.

2. Any rumors about blocking Netflix are false.

3. Our customers can and do watch video from any online video provider, including Netflix and dozens of others, on our high-speed Internet service.

4. And, regardless of how this dispute with Level 3 turns out, that will continue to be the case.

5. We charge a flat fee for our high-speed Internet service and do not charge any additional price to consumers to watch these online video services.

6. Peering agreements are negotiated commercial arrangements between providers like Comcast and Level 3 that carry traffic across the networks that comprise the Internet. These agreements have existed for over a decade.

7. There is nothing about this dispute with Level 3 that concerns an effort by Comcast either to resist carrying Internet video traffic or imposing new "tolls" on it.

8. This is all about Level 3 gaining an unfair advantage over its competitors by gaining enormous additional capacity at no cost to itself, instead shifting the financial costs to Comcast's high speed data customers.

9. Our agreement with Level 3 is no different than our agreements with its competitors.

10. The bottom line is that this is a good, old-fashioned commercial peering dispute. It is not about online video, it is not a net neutrality issue, it is not about "paid prioritization," and it does not involve putting "toll booths" on the Internet.

Tags : Comcast, Level 3, Peering

 
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