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Thursday, February 17, 2011


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James Waldrop - HostMyCalls Hosted PBX Service

It appears that Michael is merely relating the facts. The facts of the Level3-Comcast dispute almost don't seem to apply. After Netflix moved over to Level3, Level3 asked Comcast for an additional 30 10Gbps connections to their network. Level3 wanted Comcast to pay for it as well. The debate on who pays for the Level3/Comcast connections is a different issue than what is happening in the Net Neutrality debate. I have read that in a typical evening, Netflix traffic can account for as much as 25% of the traffic on the Internet. Those that are using Netflix have slowed down content for others. Most are paying the same rate and one must question whether that is fair.

Nate Hiatt

Maybe it's hard to see the whole picture when you're a character in it Mike, but from a consumer standpoint I see you (The ISPs) in the very same way I see the networks when it comes to the re-transmission fee nonsense. You feel you are unfairly being raked over the coals by the networks, as they demand higher rates that ultimately get passed on to the consumer. You are now demanding the higher rates that will eventually be passed on to us. "It has always been the industry standard to review those assumptions on a fairly regular basis and adjust the payments from one to the other accordingly." What is fairly regular? Would you like it if Fox wanted to adjust their rates on some loosely defined time frame? "Level3 claimed that Comcast sought to unfairly improve its economic relationship with Level3 when the traffic flow changed." Should ESPN be able to re-negotiate new rates on the eve of the BCS games debuting on their network? That was a cataclysmic change for ESPN's ratings. How is that any different than Level3 getting more Netflix biz? I don't know if it's you trying to "get the back" of an industry counter-part, but I surely hope you're not naive enough to think as it grows Comcast will not see Netflix as a direct competitor to Xfinity/NBC's Hulu.

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