Comcast, Level 3 ink long-term data interconnection agreement

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 22 May 2015

Level 3 Communications has inked a long-term data interconnection extension with US cable giant Comcast.

The two are expanding capacity to account for increased traffic flowing between their networks, largely spurred by video traffic, and not only as they exist today but allowing for any expansion during the term of the new deal. The move may be a vote of confidence for the FCC's new net neutrality rules, as recent skirmishing over such interconnections may be giving way to more friendly negotiations. Level 3 also reached a new interconnection arrangement with AT&T recently, as did Verizon and Cogent.

"We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Level 3. This announcement reflects the important ways in which network participants exchange value in an innovative marketplace, said John Schanz, chief network officer at Comcast Cable: "We place great value on our relationships with network partners like Level 3 and are continually seeking mutually beneficial, market-driven agreements that enhance value throughout the network."