Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has been selected as the prime provider of data Internet and wide area network (WAN) services for the entire Vermont State College (VSC) system, which has campuses in 17 areas throughout the Green Mountain State.

Under the contract, Level 3 will provide dedicated Internet access for all VSC system campuses as well as WAN services that will connect all campuses via dedicated and secure high-speed connections that can scale to meet the growing needs of the VSC system.

“We are committed to providing the tools that foster affordable, high-quality and accessible education, and Level 3’s services are helping us support that mission,” said Linda Hilton, chief information officer for VSC. “Reliable Internet connectivity is a must for educational institutions of all levels and just as important is the ability of your service provider to be able to scale its services as your bandwidth needs grow. The scalability of Level 3’s network is certainly appealing to us.”

VSC, headquartered in Waterbury, Vermont, comprises five colleges – Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College – and has a total enrollment of more than 13,000 students. Approximately 83 percent of VSC students come from Vermont; more than 60 percent are first-generation college students. Additionally VSC has students from more than 45 countries.

“Level 3 has robust network coverage in Vermont and this relationship will allow VSC to leverage the power of that network to benefit students and faculty alike,” said Tracy Guy-Davis, Level 3’s general manager for New England. “We have built trust with our customers throughout Vermont by delivering outstanding services supported by a local sales and customer support team.”

Level 3’s Business Markets Group leverages the power of the company’s extensive fiber-optic network, metro assets, and locally focused sales and sales support organization to deliver world-class services to enterprise customers and service providers throughout the United States.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. 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 current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; 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. 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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