What's it gonna be, boys? NCTA, AT&T want FCC assurance on net peering

In another case of business creating strange bedfellows, the NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association) and AT&T (NYSE: T) have co-authored a letter for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski demanding to know how the FCC's net neutrality rules affect peering arrangements. The letter in particular wants to know where the FCC stands on the long-running Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) versus Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT) peering dispute.

Level 3 has invoked net neutrality in its arguments that Comcast is serving as an Internet traffic cop. The letter makes it clear that no news is bad news when it comes to peering because "the absence of a clear statement ... rejecting Level 3's claims and disavowing any intent to regulate Internet peering and other Internet backbone services has emboldened others," it states. Among those feeling bolder by the minute are Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), Voxel.net and even Public Knowledge.

For more:
- see the NCTA's letter

Related articles:
More tech requirements will stifle cable, NCTA tells FCC
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