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Level 3 Posts Network Interconnection Policy on Website

    Montreal (ots-PRNewswire) - Company Publishes IP Network Interconnection Policy to Help Other Service Providers Connect to Level 3's Global IP Network. Level 3 Believes Open Peering Policies Serve Internet Industry's Best Interests

    Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT) today announced that it is posting its global Internet protocol (IP) network interconnection policy, as well as policies for interconnecting in the United States, Europe and Asia, on the company's Website (www.level3.com). Network interconnection, or peering, is settlement-free, direct interconnection of Internet networks operated by two different providers. Level 3 made the announcement today at the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA) meeting in Montreal.

    "By posting our interconnection policy, we hope to provide more predictability to other providers of Internet protocol (IP) transport that seek to interconnect with our network," said Kevin O'Hara, president and chief operating officer for Level 3. "We believe that openly published, specific and objective interconnection policies serve the Internet industry's best interests, and that Internet users will benefit from higher quality connections."

    Level 3 Introduces Proposed "Code of Conduct"

    Level 3 also announced the following proposed "code of conduct" for network backbone providers to follow for discussing settlement-free direct Internet interconnection:

    --  Backbone providers will not refuse to discuss settlement-free direct Internet interconnection with any party that states it meets a backbone provider's published peering policy (and, at their discretion, may discuss peering with a party that does not meet their published peering policy).

    --  Backbone providers will appoint a representative with authority to agree upon interconnection conditions.

    --  Backbone providers will agree to meet at reasonable times and locations, and will not unduly delay Internet interconnection discussions.

    --  Backbone providers will, in responding to a request for Internet interconnection, provide considered reasons for rejecting any part of the proposal (including rejecting settlement-free direct Internet interconnection) and provide reasonable clarifications of such explanations upon request.

    --  Backbone providers will not enter into Internet interconnection agreements with any party conditioned upon denying peering or transit to a third party.

    --  If agreement is reached to interconnect Internet capacity directly, backbone providers will agree to execute a written agreement that sets forth the full negotiated Internet interconnection conditions.

    "The code of conduct will hopefully facilitate discussion among backbone operators for interconnection, and will improve the performance for Internet traffic exchanged between carriers," said O'Hara. "Level 3 urges all providers of Internet backbone infrastructure, both in the United States and internationally, to follow the code of conduct. We believe a self-regulated approach by industry will lead to the continued success and growth of the Internet."

    About Level 3 Communications

    Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT) is a global communications and information services company offering a wide selection of IP-based services including broadband transport, colocation services, submarine transmission services and the industry's first Softswitch* based services. Level 3 offers services primarily to web-centric companies that deliver their services over the Level 3 Network. The Level 3 Network will include metropolitan networks in 56 U.S. markets and 21 European and Asian markets connected by an approximately 16,000 mile U.S. intercity (long-distance) network, an approximately 4,750 mile European intercity network, both transpacific and transatlantic undersea cables and 6.5 million square feet of gateway and technical space. Level 3 expects to substantially complete its U.S. network and European intercity network by the fourth quarter of 2000. Level 3 currently offers broadband infrastructure services in 38 U.S. markets, five European markets and one Asian market. Its Web address is www.Level3.com

    (*Softswitches are advanced software based switching systems that enable Level 3 to provide services combining the best features of the Internet and traditional telephone networks.)

    Forward Looking Statement

    The statements made by Level 3 in this press release may be forward looking in nature. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Level 3 believes that its primary risk factors include, but are not limited to: substantial capital requirements; development of effective internal processes and systems; the ability to attract and retain high quality employees; changes in the overall economy; technology; the number and size of competitors in its markets; law and regulatory policy; and the mix of products and services offered in its target markets. Additional information concerning these and other potential important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.

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