Level 3 Accuses Comcast of Supporting a 'Closed Internet'

Tuesday Nov 30th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

A dispute over fees for delivering online movies and other content highlights the issues in the net neutrality debate.

PCMagazine: Network operator Level 3 has accused Comcast of violating the principle of net neutrality by demanding fees for delivering Internet movies and similar content. "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," Level 3 said in a statement. "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."

The two companies will meet later this week in an attempt to work out their differences.

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