Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today issued a statement in response to the Verizon-Google Legislative Framework Proposal. The following statement can be attributed to John M. Ryan, assistant chief legal officer and head of Regulatory Affairs for Level 3 Communications: “We are encouraged that two companies with diverse business interests in the broadband Internet have been able to come to agreement on an issue as controversial as network neutrality. Like both companies, Level 3 believes that the government has a role to play in assuring an open, dynamic, improving and ubiquitous broadband Internet for U.S. citizens. We share their view that government must preserve innovation, advance policies that encourage accelerated investment in broadband infrastructure, and protect competition within all portions of the Internet market. ”While there is much to praise in the Verizon-Google statement, there are also areas that require more attention. Allowing last-mile access network owners to create a “paid priority” data service raises a number of concerns, especially since most consumers have a choice of only two wired broadband Internet suppliers, and since contention for limited capacity seems inevitable because consumers’ demand for broadband is greater than the existing networks’ capacity. ”While we have concerns about some aspects of the proposal, we are encouraged by the progress made by Verizon and Google, and look forward to working with the industry and with the government to advance policies that encourage innovation, investment and competition within the broadband Internet market.” 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. © Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates 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 names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
Forward-Looking StatementSome 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.