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December 9, 2010
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The conflict between Comcast and Level 3 over the Internet peering capacity needed to support Netflix streaming is an Internet de-peering dispute with wider ramifications. As TV moves to the Internet, ISPs will be required to make massive changes in the engineering of their regional sub-networks as well as major revisions to their business models. Policymakers should refrain from getting overly involved in this dispute, even though it's been represented as a net neutrality issue. Changing models of Internet usage have economic implications that have no good answer as of yet.