I pay Comcast for bandwidth so I can access various content over the internet. Netflix pays Level 3 for bandwidth so they can provide content to people like me. Now Comcast says they should be receiving payment for allowing the data with which I have elected to use my bandwidth?
Comcast should be paying Netflix for providing the content that brings customers to purchase Comcast's services; they should also be paying Level 3 for dutifully delivering that data down the big pipes until it reaches Comcast's smaller pipes and eventually finds its way into my home.
Netflix, (or Slashdot or any other content on the web) are like the fruit on the tree;
Level 3 are like the people who deliver the fruit to the stores;
Comcast is the store;
and I am the store's customer.
And Comcast thinks this arrangement entitles them to a share of the wholesale fruit profits? When the presence of that fruit in Comcast's store is the only reason I go to that store? I pay Comcast for the fruit. They don't need the delivery companies to pay them as well - the very idea is absurd.