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Press Release -- February 11th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Metro Fiber

Level 3 Increases Commitment to Central Florida

Level 3 Expanding Fiber-Optic Network in Tampa-St. Pete and Orlando Areas; Providing Competitive Alternative for Area Businesses

TAMPA, Fla., February 11, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has expanded its operations and is enhancing its local presence in Central Florida, which includes the Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando metropolitan areas. This is part of Level 3′s continued commitment to increasing its presence in local markets throughout the country, designed to provide mid-market enterprises with a superior customer experience.

Through a combination of its extensive backbone network, metro fiber-optic footprint, and a locally focused sales and customer support team, Level 3 provides greater opportunities for mid-market enterprises to take advantage of Level 3′s broad spectrum of communications services. In support of this effort, Level 3 is growing and realigning its workforce in Central Florida to couple an on-the-ground presence with an intimate marketplace knowledge that will allow Florida businesses to maximize the benefit of their communications solutions.

“It’s encouraging to see Level 3 expand its commitment to the Tampa-St. Pete business community,” said Ian Steel, director of information technology for the Tampa Bay Lightning. “We have built a great relationship with Level 3 thanks to the reliability, security and quality of the services they deliver to the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

Level 3 has 600 miles of fiber in Central Florida that passes nearly 30,000 businesses. The company will add capacity to the network and will expand the number of businesses – across a variety of vertical industries – that are directly connected to this network, enabling outstanding scalability and reach of service for these businesses.

“The communications landscape is constantly changing, as are the needs of businesses in Central Florida,” said Scott Turer, Level 3′s general manager for Central and Northern Florida. “Mid-market enterprises need a communications provider that knows the local marketplace and can provide the expert insight into how today’s network solutions – such as unified communications and collaborative technologies – can benefit their businesses.”

The expansion of operations in Central Florida marks the continuation of a locally focused strategy that Level 3 launched successfully in mid-2009. The company is pleased with the progress of the initiative to date as evidenced by increased revenue commitments from customers in the initial markets as well as higher reported overall customer satisfaction for mid-market enterprises.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved.  Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo  are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3′s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3′s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on the network; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3′s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information
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