Level 3 Tweaks Peering Policy

Level 3 announces new policy for Internet protocol interconnection

October 12, 2011

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Level 3 Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ:LVLT - News) today announced that it has posted a revised peering policy for Internet Protocol traffic exchanged within the United States to accommodate a rapidly changing Internet. The new policy, which can be found on Level 3's website at http://www.level3.com/Legal/IP-Traffic-Exchange-Policy, was created by Level 3 to address questions raised by the Department of Justice during its review of Level 3's acquisition of Global Crossing Limited.

"For too long, peering practices between Internet carriers have focused solely on the commercial needs of the carriers," said Jack Waters, chief technology officer for Level 3. "We believe that the focus should be on customers, and that carriers must attempt to structure and implement fair and equitable interconnection relationships and practices that are designed to deliver fast, secure, reliable and quickly scalable Internet services to customers. Peering relationships and practices from a decade ago were implemented when traffic was dominated by email and text-based communications, and periodic interruptions in Internet service were common. Today, residential, governmental and commercial users rely on the Internet for rich content and applications, and demand better performance in an increasingly dynamic Internet environment. Fair, equitable, scalable and dynamic interconnection is essential to deliver that experience."

Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT)

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