Texas Department of Information Resources Signs Agreement with Level 3 Communications

Provides State and Regional Government Agencies, Educational Institutions and Enterprises Access to Level 3's Advanced Network Services

Oct 12, 2011, 08:00 ET from Level 3 Communications, Inc.

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) to provide access to a range of Level 3's advanced network services. The Texas DIR serves more than 700 government agencies, educational institutions and enterprises throughout the state.

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The Texas DIR provides leadership and oversight for the management of state and regional government information and communications technology. Under the terms of the five-year agreement, Texas DIR's eligible organizations will now be able to efficiently and cost-effectively access a range of Level 3's data, Internet and transport services, including dedicated Internet access (DIA), Internet protocol virtual private network (IPVPN) and Ethernet private line (EPL). Access to these services provides Texas' public organizations with the tools they need to solve their critical communications challenges while offering a competitive alternative to incumbent telecommunications providers in the region.

"We want to help accelerate the State of Texas' communications technologies into the 21st century," said Karen W. Robinson, chief technology officer, the State of Texas. "Advanced technologies can help us dramatically improve the ability of state agencies, academic institutions and governmental entities to meet the needs of all of the state's constituents quickly and effectively."

"State-sponsored organizations require reliable and secure network services, and Level 3's extensive fiber backbone is uniquely designed to address their needs and support the critical communications functions that enable them to expand their organizational capabilities," said Andrew Crouch, regional president of North American Sales for Level 3. "We are delighted to work with the Texas Department of Information Resources to offer state agencies, educational institutions and enterprises access to our advanced suite of network services."

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 premier international provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit www.level3.com.

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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 company's ability to successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition, 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 future 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.

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