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Press Release -- December 19th, 2013
Source: Level 3 Communications
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Metro Ethernet Forum Honors Level 3 with 2013 Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards in Two Categories

Company Receives “Best Ethernet Business Application” and “Wholesale Ethernet Service” Awards for the Caribbean and Latin America Region

Dec 19, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 19, 2013 – Level 3 Communications, Inc., (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has been honored with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards for the Caribbean & Latin American (CALA) region, for the fourth consecutive year. The MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of carrier Ethernet services.

These awards are presented annually in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region, and are determined by a judging panel comprised of senior analysts from IDC, Infonetics, Vertical Systems, Gartner, Frost & Sullivan and Ovum.

Level 3 received the “Best Ethernet Business Application” Award, which recognizes partnerships between service providers and their clients in the delivery of carrier Ethernet services for application verticals, as well as the “Best Wholesale Ethernet Service” Award, which is presented to the service provider with the most robust wholesale service offering extending the reach of Ethernet services, including mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services

“We want to congratulate Level 3 for their demonstrated leadership in delivering high-value carrier Ethernet services to more customers and locations in the growing CALA market,” said Nan Chen, president of the MEF. “Level 3’s Ethernet services help enterprises achieve greater efficiencies with improved performance for enabling business critical applications.”

“For the fourth year in a row, Level 3 has won the prestigious CALA MEF Awards – a testament to our continued commitment to expanding our network reach and service options for customers,” said Leonardo Barbero, Level 3´s chief marketing officer and senior vice president for Latin America. “Our Ethernet services are designed for flexibility, enabling customers to employ the network solutions best suited to solving their unique bandwidth challenges.”

About the MEF
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at www.MetroEthernetForum.org.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that 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 500 markets in 55 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 or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications, Level (3) and the Level 3 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.  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 of Level 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://investors.level3.com/investor-relations/default.aspx.  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’s SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with the SEC.

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.

The information contained under the caption “About the MEF” has been provided by MEF , which is solely responsible for its content.

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; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; 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
+1 720-888-3244                                                + 1 720-888-2518
JonPaul.McLeary@Level3.com                          Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

Paula Vivo
Latin America
+55 11-3957-2424
Paula.Vivo@Level3.com

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