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Press Release -- August 2nd, 2012
Source: Level 3 Communications
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Level 3 Expands Network to Eastern Washington Communities In Response to Customer Demand, Regional Data Center Growth

Brings Diverse and Scalable Connectivity to East Wenatchee and Quincy

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has expanded its global fiber network backbone to the cities of East Wenatchee and Quincy in Washington state. The expansion was completed in response to customer demand in the region for increased capacity capabilities.

Data center growth throughout Eastern Washington is changing network requirements, and customers increasingly require more robust network backbones that are capable of handling the increased capacity. The expansion to East Wenatchee and Quincy involved extensive analysis and planning, and Level 3 already has multiple customers leveraging the additional connectivity.

Level 3′s network expansion to Eastern Washington communities involves more than 200 miles of advanced fiber cable and connections to five customer data centers. The expansion offers customers network diversity from regional incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and access to a scalable fiber-optic backbone, which boasts a comprehensive suite of wavelength services. Available wavelength capabilities include gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) Ethernet, or 40G, and future capabilities for 100G support. The expansion also enables customers to benefit from Level 3′s international network footprint, which regional ILECs have traditionally been unable to offer.

“Level 3 has long been dedicated to expanding its network in response to customer demand and where it sees substantial opportunity for market growth,” said Paul Savill, Level 3′s senior vice president of Core Product Management. “Eastern Washington is a key region for Level 3 in terms of growth, and we are delighted that our expanded capacity in the area will enable businesses to improve efficiency and expand, all while leveraging Level 3′s advanced, international fiber network.”

For more information on Level 3′s advanced network services, visit www.level3.com.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3′s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com

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

Website Access to Company Information
Level 3 maintains a corporate website at www.level3.com, and you can find additional information about the company through the Investors pages on that website at http://lvlt.client.shareholder.com/.  Level 3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of important information about the company. Level 3 routinely posts financial and other important information regarding the company and its business, financial condition and operations on the Investor Relations web pages.

Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of Level 3′sSECfilings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with theSEC.

Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees of Level 3′s Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor Relations web pages.

Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3′s web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and 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. Important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to: successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; obtain additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that could adversely affect the company’s competitiveness; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its 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
Media: Investors:
Jon Paul McLeary Mark Stoutenberg
720-888-3244 720-888-2518
JonPaul.McLeary@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

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