Level 3 Goes Web 2.0 with You Tube

A few weeks ago, Level 3 had announced that it had snagged MySpace as a customer. Today the company announced that it has signed up YouTube as a customer. YouTube is going to buy 10 gigabit/second connections from Level 3 to build out a nationwide backbone. What is this? A Web 2.0 makeover?

I guess they need all that bandwidth, up until the point they can find someone else to pay the bills. The company claims that it serves 100 million videos per day, and more than 65,000 videos uploaded everyday. According to Nielsen NetRatings, YouTube has nearly 20M unique users per month.

Still, these kind of Web-meets-telecom press releases make me queasy, and remind me of another time and place when Qwest and its ilk would tout applications on demand. (Funny, AT&T bought a former Q partner USinternetworking for about $300 million in cash and assumed debt.)

Anyway back to Level 3 and Web 2.0. The trick would be to get Jim Crowe to blog, where he can mouth off about people and things he doesn’t much care about. Like George Gilder or SEC? Or author of Broadbandits ;-).

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