Level 3: Comcast demands fees for Web movie viewing

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IDG News Service, 11/29/10

Comcast has demanded that broadband backbone provider Level 3 Communications pay it a recurring fee for delivering video traffic to Comcast customers, Level 3 said Monday.

Comcast said it would cut off its own customers’ access to the movies and other Web traffic unless Level 3 paid the fee, Level 3 said in a press release.

The Comcast decision violates network neutrality principles that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved in 2005, Level 3 said. Comcast successfully challenged the FCC’s enforcement of the net neutrality principles when, earlier this year, a U.S. appeals court threw out its ruling against the broadband provider slowing peer-to-peer traffic on its network.

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