Netflix Partner Says Comcast ‘Toll’ Threatens Online Video Delivery

From the NY Times:

Level 3 Communications, a central partner in the Netflix online movie service, accused Comcast on Monday of charging a new fee that puts Internet video companies at a competitive disadvantage.

Level 3, which helps to deliver Netflix’s streaming movies, said Comcast had effectively erected a tollbooth that “threatens the open Internet,” and indicated that it would seek government intervention. Comcast quickly denied that the clash had anything to do with network neutrality, instead calling it “a simple commercial dispute.”

The dispute highlighted the growing importance of Internet video delivery — an area that some people say needs to be monitored more closely by regulators. Net neutrality, which posits that Internet traffic should be free of any interference from network operators like Comcast, is thought to be on the December agenda of the Federal Communications Commission.

Comment of the Day

Commenter anonymous on Eric Clapton’s iconic guitar solo from While My Guitar Gently Weeps:

Is it just me or does this make him sound almost amateur? I know of course he is a legend but it’s undeniable this track is full of mistakes and bad timing that is usually hidden by the other layers. If I recorded this myself I would be embarassed for others to hear it. A person playing guitar for a year can play better than this.

Is Tuesday over with yet?

Everyone Hates Obama’s Pay Freeze Plan… Except Republicans

From Talking Points Memo:

The early reviews of President Obama’s plan to freeze federal worker pay are in — and it gets a resounding “F” from just about everybody outside of GOP leadership.

Michael Linden, a budget expert at the liberal Center for American Progress, said the plan is small potatoes that risks driving away valuable civil servants with little budgetary upside.

“Bluntly doing it this way, we risk cutting off our nose to spite our face,” Linden said in a phone interview. “We risk not hiring good people, we risk not giving a raise to people who deserve a raise, and we miss not cutting the pay of those who deserve a pay cut.”