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INCOMPAS raises concerns about CenturyLink/Level 3 deal

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, outlined anticompetitive issues with CenturyLink Inc.'s planned acquisition of Level 3 Communications Inc.

In a filing with the FCC, INCOMPAS said the proposed merger would lead to less competition, higher prices, and a decline in new fiber infrastructure for business broadband.

The association also highlighted insufficient information regarding dark fiber, as a "potential red flag for the important long haul transmission market – essential to connecting networks both wired and wireless that are powering business transactions and streaming services," according to a Jan. 24 news release.

CenturyLink refiled its pre-merger notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act in connection with its planned acquisition of Level 3.