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Press Release -- July 20th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Colocation, Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Video, VoIP

Critical Data Network, Inc. Selects Level 3 to Improve Network Capabilities

Level 3 Providing High-Speed Internet Services to Support Service Provider's Expanded Operations

BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that is has signed an agreement with Critical Data Network, Inc., an international service provider based in San Diego, to provide the company with high-speed Internet protocol (HSIP) services in support of its expanding operations in Southern California and Mexico.

Critical Data Network provides its end-users with a range of Internet solutions, including dedicated servers, colocation space, virtual private server (VPS) hosting and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services. In order to improve its network capabilities, Critical Data Network is leveraging Level 3's advanced IP services to provide customers with a high-performing and reliable Internet experience. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Level 3, which currently provides colocation services to Critical Data Network, will provide the company with 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) HSIP, which Critical Data Network will resell to its customers.

"Critical Data Network is dedicated to continually improving its infrastructure and service availability," said Norman Jester, CEO for Critical Data Network. "Our customers demand a high-quality service experience, and working with Level 3 will better enable us to effectively meet that demand while expanding our current service portfolio."

"Level 3's network is engineered to offer service providers like Critical Data Network with first-rate solutions that are capable of helping them excel in their market," said Andrew Crouch, president of Sales for Level 3. "This new agreement expands our current relationship with Critical Data Network, and we are pleased that our high-speed Internet services will support them as they expand their service portfolio and customer base."

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.

© 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; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing.  Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to:  increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate acquisitions; 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
Media: Investors:
Jon Paul McLeary Mark Stoutenberg
720-888-3244 720-888-2518
JonPaul.McLeary@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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