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Press Release -- March 8th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange, Video

Level 3 Teams Up with SXSW for First-Ever Live Stream of Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator Program

Level 3 to Deliver Vyvx and CDN Services during SXSW Interactive Festival

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 08, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:  LVLT) today announced it will provide the first-ever live streaming of an SXSW event – the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator – on March 15-16. Using Level 3 Vyvx broadcast services and the Level 3 content delivery network (CDN), the company will stream the event for live and on-demand online viewing on the SXSW Web site.

Starting the morning of March 15, Level 3 will take the feed from the Accelerator event at the Hilton Austin Downtown, deliver the content over the Level 3 CDN and stream the event using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming and Microsoft Silverlight. A link to the stream will be available at http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator.

"Level 3 is a strong believer in the importance of technology innovation, so working with SXSW and Microsoft on an event designed to build awareness for new products and services was an ideal way to support that belief while showcasing the power of Level 3's Vyvx and CDN services," said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets at Level 3. "By providing a high-quality interactive experience for the global online audience, we will help broaden the scale of this event and foster a larger community for sharing ideas."

For more than 20 years, Level 3's Vyvx services have transported mission critical broadcast content to global media, advertising and entertainment customers. Level 3's Vyvx technology, combined with the reach of Level 3's international Internet Protocol backbone and the capabilities of its CDN platform, position the company to provide true end-to-end solutions to customers, taking their content from its creation to consumption.

"Our work with Level 3 will help bring Accelerator to an entirely new audience – an exciting prospect for both SXSW and the participants in this year's contest," said Katie King, Interactive Sales at SXSW. "We're aware of Level 3's strong track record for delivering live events, and we're confident in their ability to provide an outstanding online viewing experience."

Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW,  a two-day contest that takes place during SXSW Interactive, is aimed at giving companies the opportunity to showcase pioneering or emerging technology, products or services to a crowd of industry leaders.

SXSW Interactive features five days of presentations from some of the brightest minds in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders and a line-up of special programs showcasing new websites, video games and startup ideas.

For more information on Level 3's Vyvx and CDN services, please visit www.level3delivers.com.

To learn more about SXSW and Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator, visit www.sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) 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, Vyvx, "from creation to consumption", 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: 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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