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The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge
“We are informed that within a week of Level 3’s announcement on November 11 that it would be primary carrier for Netflix streaming video, Comcast informed Level 3 that Comcast would, for the first time, charge Level 3 a fee to reach Comcast’s customers who had requested any content carried by Level 3.
“On its face, this is the sort of toll booth between residential subscribers and the content of their choice that a Net Neutrality rule is supposed to prohibit. In addition, this is exactly the sort of anticompetitive harm that opponents of Comcast’s merger with NBC-Universal have warned would happen -- that Comcast would leverage its network to harm distribution of competitive video services, while raising prices on its own customers.
“Policymakers should see this as the third strike for Comcast, following the BitTorrent complaint, the complaint by Zoom modem manufacturers over treatment of their products and now this. This is why we need strong NN and why Comcast can’t be allowed to add NBC’s content and broadcast assets to its already formidable market dominance.”
The Level 3 announcement about Netflix is here.
Today’s Level 3 announcement is here.