Recently the DOJ has asked Level 3 for more information about its proposed purchase of Global Crossing, and XO has filed objections claiming the deal would create a ‘global colossus’ that would dominate the Tier 1 backbone market and damage the competitive environment. It seems odd to me that a sector that has suffered from some of the toughest pricing pressures in the industry for a decade would be so delicately balanced that it would swing the other way with one deal, but then the Tier 1 backbone peering/transit system has always been an odd place that nobody really understands. What do you think?
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