Level 3 Decries Comcast 'Toll Booth'

In response to Comcast fees for Netflix content, Level 3 Communications (www.level3.com) has taken its concerns public. A statement attributed to Thomas Stortz, chief legal officer of Level 3, said in part: "On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that...

In response to Comcast fees for Netflix content, Level 3 Communications (www.level3.com) has taken its concerns public. A statement attributed to Thomas Stortz, chief legal officer of Level 3, said in part:

"On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation's largest cable provider."

For the full statement, go to http://www.level3.com/index.cfm?pageID=491&PR=962.
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