Level 3 and FCC Agree on High Standards for Call Completion to Rural Areas

  Level 3 and FCC Agree on High Standards for Call Completion to Rural Areas

Company Supports FCC Action; Encourages Industry to Adopt Standards

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 12, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Level 3 Communications, Inc.
(NYSE: LVLT) today commented on the Federal Communications Commission's
(FCC's) statement concerning telephone call completion in rural America, and
the agreement it has reached with the company to set rural call completion
standards for the industry to follow.

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The FCC is currently conducting a comprehensive, industry wide review of
telephone service being provided in rural areas following concerns raised
about the quality of service to certain areas. The FCC review is focused on
the performance of carriers and their management of the third party,
downstream providers they all must use to complete certain telephone calls. As
part of that review, the FCC made data requests of multiple providers across
the industry, including Level 3. Level 3 welcomed the opportunity to work
collaboratively with the FCC on this important issue, and is the first carrier
in the industry to agree to telephone call quality standards it hopes the
industry will follow. The Commission's review of other carriers is continuing.

"Level 3 has advocated with the past three FCC Chairmen that the voice
industry in the United States is in need of objective, clear and measurable
standards applicable to all providers, and this agreement is a solid step in
that direction," said Michael Mooney, general counsel, Regulatory Policy for
Level 3 Communications. "Level 3 fully supports the Commission's mandate to
improve telephone call quality in rural America, and to root out those in the
industry responsible for any substandard phone service. We hope that the
standards we have set with the Commission are adopted broadly across the
industry so that call quality to rural America continues to improve."

Study Ranks Level 3 as an Industry Leader in Rural Call Completion
In a study of 30 providers conducted by the National Exchange Carrier
Association in April 2012, Level 3 was one of two carriers identified as
having the best performance of the providers studied in terms of call
completion to rural areas, with the lowest overall percentage of incomplete
calls to rural destinations.

As one of the largest facilities-based voice providers in North America, Level
3 is able to complete approximately 90 percent of its total call minutes
across the country over its own network facilities, enabling reliable, high
quality call completion performance. 

"Working with the FCC gave us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to
call quality by jointly establishing a standard set of practices and quality
safeguards for the industry to follow," said Shaun Andrews, Level 3's senior
vice president for Global Voice Services. "We are committed to ensuring that
our high standards for operational excellence and customer experience are met,
even by our third party suppliers. We believe that the establishment of these
new standards with the FCC will be reassuring to rural consumers and to
customers calling them. We hope that all other voice providers will follow our
lead and commit to achieving similar high call performance standards."

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings,
visit www.level3.com.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) 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 450 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

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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.

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