Level 3 adds AT&T to its enemies list in video traffic dispute

Following the rule any friend of my enemy is an enemy of mine, or something like that, Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT) has added AT&T (NYSE: T) to its Internet video traffic fight because AT&T sided with Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA).

Level 3, for the uninitiated, is angry with Comcast because the MSO wants more money to carry an increasing load of video-heavy Level 3 traffic, a move Level 3 has decried as an Internet "toll booth." Comcast says it's just a peering arrangement and AT&T, in a blog, said that Level 3 is hardly Caesar's wife since it disconnected Cogent Communications (Nasdaq: CCOI) in 2005 after it started sending too much traffic across the Level 3 network.

Now Level 3 has two enemies and a standing answer: the problem isn't about traffic peering, it's about "growing customer demand for bandwidth to access the Visual Internet" (and there's a phrase that could be trouble in coming months).

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