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Subject: [I2-NEWS] Level 3 Completes Internet2 Optical Network
Implementation
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 07:01:32 -0400
From: Lauren Rotman <lauren@internet2.edu>
To: <i2-news@internet2.edu>

Level 3 Completes Internet2 Optical Network Implementation

New Nationwide Network Delivers 100 Gigabits per Second with Ability to
Expand

BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 20, 2007 - Level 3 Communications' Business Markets
Group today announced that the Internet2 nationwide, dedicated network
services backbone is operational. This new 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps)
network delivers an immediate increase in bandwidth and the capability for
future scalability to enable emerging applications for the Internet2
research and education community. The network delivers the underlying
optical technology required for Internet2 to dynamically provision multiple
10 Gbps wavelengths. This milestone enables Internet2 to remain on schedule
to complete member migration from the existing network to this new backbone
by later this year.

"With more than 10 times the capacity of the current Internet2 backbone
network, this powerful new network unlocks significant technology
possibilities for our members," said Doug Van Houweling, Internet2 president
and chief executive officer. "Level 3's innovative and collaborative spirit
has helped keep this large and complex network project on track, even
delivering the network ahead of schedule. With this latest major milestone
in our network deployment, Internet2 will continue to focus our efforts on
providing a smooth and seamless transition from the current network onto the
new platform."

The new Internet2 network is designed to provide point-to-point dedicated
circuits and IP services that can support next-generation applications in
critical fields like telemedicine, radio astronomy, distance-learning and
energy sciences research. The network will also serve as a platform for
network researchers to develop new networking ideas and protocols. Created
to enable a wide variety of bandwidth-intensive applications currently in
use and under development at campuses and research labs, the network is
designed to support growth and changes in Internet2 member requirements over
time.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement announced in June of 2006, Level
3 is providing dedicated backbone facilities comprising 13,500 long-haul
route miles, multiple customer colocation suites and newly deployed metro
fiber. Under the agreement, Level 3 is also providing wavelength and
high-speed IP services to Internet2 with options for private line, metro and
long-haul dark fiber services to interconnect the backbone with academic
institutions.

"We are very pleased to have completed the delivery of a network of this
scale for Internet2," said Randy Dunbar, senior vice president of offer
management for Level 3's Business Markets Group. "We are proud to be an
Internet2 business partner and to be providing a network that delivers
increased bandwidth and scalability, enabling research and education
communities to capitalize on technology innovations."

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT), an international communications
company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world.
Through its customers, Level 3 is the primary provider of Internet
connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers. The company provides a
comprehensive suite of services over its broadband fiber optic network
including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and
infrastructure services, colocation services, voice services and voice over
IP services. These services provide building blocks that enable Level 3's
customers to meet their growing demands for advanced communications
solutions. The company's Web address is http://www.Level3.com.

"Level 3 Communications," "Level 3" and the Level 3 Communications logo are
registered service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC in the United States
and/or other countries. Any other product, service and company names herein
may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3
services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3
Communications, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements made in this press release may be forward-looking in
nature. 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 the  stated
goals include, but are not limited to the company's ability to: successfully
integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on the network;
defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop new products
and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins;
successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information
systems to support new products and services; 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.


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