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Press Release -- September 23rd, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Colocation, Content Delivery, Exchange, IPv6, Low Latency, Metro Fiber, VoIP

Level 3 Helps Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network Increase Cost-Efficiency and Ready Infrastructure for the Future

Level 3 to Deliver Colocation and High-Speed IP Service Over IPv6

BROOMFIELD, Colo., September 23, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has been selected as the primary provider of colocation services and high-speed Internet Protocol (HSIP) service over IPv6 for the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), a statewide consortium focused on education, research and economic development. The two-year agreement expands on an existing agreement in which Level 3 delivered infrastructure solutions to ARE-ON.

ARE-ON will use Level 3 services to provide its member institutions – which include all of the state’s comprehensive four-year public universities, the university division of agriculture and the medical center– with access to high-speed networks and high-performance computing resources. Services will support research and education applications, as well as health care and emergency preparedness.

The advances in research and education applications supported by ARE-ON require an infrastructure that delivers high bandwidth, network flexibility, low latency and security. As a network that delivers advanced functions, ARE-ON is required to provide IPv6 support throughout its entire network to meet its members’ present and future needs for IP addressing.

“By selecting Level 3 for more of our services, ARE-ON will be able to reduce its networking costs while still empowering its members to make advances in research and education,” said Edward Morche, senior vice president of Level 3’s Federal Markets. “ARE-ON will get the reliability and security of our colocation service and will be prepared to migrate to the next generation of IP, IPv6, by using Level 3’s high-speed IP service.”

With approximately 54,000 long-haul fiber route miles and 27,000 metro fiber miles spanning 190 markets in 22 countries, Level 3 offers a broad portfolio of telecommunications services, including voice over internet protocol (VoIP), enterprise wide area network (WAN), metro and long-haul transport, data, colocation, and content delivery.

For more information on Level 3’s advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

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.

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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: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; 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.

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