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Level 3 Reaches Operational and Customer Milestones

Company Offers Bandwidth Services in More than 150 Internet and Communications Centers in North America, Europe and Asia

Level 3 Serves More than 2,400 Customers from Technology Facilities, Including Over 600 (3)CrossRoads Customers

Dec 19, 2000

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 19, 2000 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:LVLT) today announced that it now offers bandwidth services in more than 150 Internet and communications centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The technology facilities comprise over 50 advanced Level 3 data centers and 100 Internet data centers and other communications-intensive facilities not owned by the company. Through these data centers, and many other locations around the world, Level 3 serves more than 2,400 communications intensive customers, with over 600 (3)CrossRoads® customers among them, including Akamai, Microsoft, EarthLink and Yahoo Broadcast. Other services Level 3 offers from the facilities include (3)Link® Private Line, (3)Link Dark Fiber, (3)Link Global Wavelength, (3)Voice®, (3)Connect® Modem and (3)Center® Colocation. Not all services, however, are available in all facilities.

"We\'ve been very aggressive about extending the reach of our low-cost bandwidth services to communications intensive companies in facilities that give us the greatest opportunity to drive traffic onto our metropolitan, long-haul and undersea networks," said Lee Jobe, president of Global Operations for Level 3. "With our network nearly complete and services available in more than 150 Internet and data communications centers, we expect to see significant increases in the amount of traffic traveling on our network."

Level 3 is able to offer services through many of the data center facilities not owned by the company by leveraging an advanced version of Ethernet technology, the mainstay of computer networks for more than two decades. Level 3 provides access to many of the non-Level 3 facilities using its new (3)CrossRoads EPOP (Ethernet Point of Presence) service. The service delivers high-speed, cost-effective Internet access over
Level 3\'s metropolitan networks. As a result, instead of waiting up to six months for a 45 Mbps access line,
(3)CrossRoads EPOP customers can get more than 20 times the access speed in just a few days, while avoiding expensive local loop fees. "(3)CrossRoads EPOP builds upon our (3)CrossRoads Internet access service and enables communications intensive businesses to use high-speed Ethernet Internet access without colocating in a Level 3 data center," said Brian Horsfield, vice president of Global IP Services for Level 3. "The EPOP service lowers bandwidth costs for bandwidth intensive companies by using an Ethernet interface, and by rewarding our customers for exchanging traffic on our network."

The Level 3 logo, (3)CrossRoads, (3)Link, (3)Voice, (3)Connect, and (3)Center are registered service marks of Level 3 Communications, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.


About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT), an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world, connecting 180 markets in 18 countries. The company serves a broad range of wholesale, enterprise and content customers with a comprehensive suite of services including: Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, colocation services, voice and voice over IP services, content delivery and media distribution services. These services provide the building blocks to enable Level 3’s customers to meet their growing demands for advanced communications solutions. The company’s Web address is www.Level3.com.

"Level 3 Communications,” "Level 3," the red 3D brackets and the Level 3 Communications logo are registered service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC 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, product or company names recited herein may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements that we make 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 our control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent us from achieving our stated goals include, but are not limited to our ability to: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on our network; defend our 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 our 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.