Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLT) today welcomed President Obama’s announcement of his intent to appoint James Q. Crowe, the company’s chief executive officer, to the position of Chair of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

As chairman, Crowe will preside over a 30-member committee that comprises industry executives from major network service providers, IT, finance and aerospace companies. The NSTAC provides critical industry-based analyses and advice to the President on policy and technical issues regarding national security and emergency preparedness communications. The committee also develops recommendations to the President to assure vital telecommunications links through any event or crisis.

“I am honored by the opportunity to chair this important committee,” said Crowe. “The public/private partnership of the NSTAC has resulted in unique contributions to critical infrastructure protection, information sharing, network convergence, security and communications infrastructure reliability across the nation.”

Level 3 operates one of the world’s largest communications and Internet backbones over an advanced, IP-optimized network. Crowe has approximately 25 years of experience in leading companies in various portions of the telecommunications industry. Prior to leading the development and launch of the Level 3 business in 1997, Crowe was founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of MFS Communications Company, Inc., which was sold to WorldCom in 1996. At the time of its $14.3 billion merger with WorldCom, MFS was the largest competitive local carrier in the U.S. and Europe.

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

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