Crowe: Online Video Will Keep Fiber’s Future Full

Given its proximity to the Broomfield, Colo., headquarters of Level 3, there’s always a good chance that the Silicon Flatirons telecom conference will get a visit from Jim Crowe, Level 3’s CEO. He made the short drive up Hwy. 36 on Monday afternoon for a well-reasoned talk about long-term trends in communications that had several key takeaways, including one that says demand for online video means backbone service providers won’t be going out of business anytime soon.

As one of the bigger communications infrastructure providers, Level 3 knows itself some Internet video — according to Crowe, IP-based video today accounts for between 60 and 70 percent of all the traffic on Level 3’s fiber. Read more over at GigaOM.

Paul Kapustka, former managing editor for GigaOM, now has his own blog at Sidecut Reports.