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Level 3 Signs Broadband Services Contract with the University of Washington

University of Washington to Use Level 3 IP Service to Provide Internet Connectivity for Students and Faculty

BROOMFIELD, CO - November 30, 2001 -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:LVLT) today announced it has signed a one year agreement to provide (3)CrossRoads Internet access service to the University of Washington.

Under the terms of the agreement, the University of Washington will use Level 3's (3)CrossRoads Internet access service to provide connections to the public Internet and other networks for students, faculty, researchers, medical professionals, and leading edge technologists throughout the Pacific Northwest.

"Level 3 provides broadband services that meet the unique bandwidth needs of higher education and research communities," said Jack Waters, chief technology officer for Level 3. "This agreement with the University of Washington is representative of the opportunities we're seeing for broadband services in education and research communities. The University of Washington generates a substantial amount of Internet traffic and has broadband infrastructure needs that are well suited to Level 3's network capabilities."

"We look forward to working with the University of Washington to help its students and faculty expand their use of the Internet to learn, conduct research, communicate, and continue to contribute to the future of technology in the Pacific Northwest."

"The University of Washington and its affiliated networks put exceptionally high demands on our Internet and networking infrastructure," said Scott Mah, director of the University of Washington's Communication Technologies division. "The fact that we chose Level 3 as one of our providers is testimony to their technical competence and depth of network engineering. We look forward to taking advantage of all that the Level 3 services have to offer."

(3)CrossRoads Internet Access Service

(3)CrossRoads is a global Internet access service designed to provide superior network performance across Level 3's multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) backbone currently operating at 10 gigabits per second. Engineered for maximum flexibility and scalability, (3)CrossRoads takes advantage of the latest available technologies to meet customers' needs. (3)CrossRoads provides connectivity from a variety of locations around the world, including Level 3 data centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For more information on (3)CrossRoads, visit

(3)CrossRoads is a service mark of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Some of the statements made by Level 3 in this press release are 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 technology economy, the number and size of competitors in its markets, law and regulatory policy, and the mix of products and services offered in the company's target markets. 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 release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.

About the University of Washington
The University of Washington is one of the world's top research universities. Perennially among the top three American institutions in peer-reviewed research activities and related competitive contracts and grants, and with numerous top-ranked programs, the UW is a university which truly embodies the ideals of "Learning @ the Leading Edge". (For more information see

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 (Nasdaq:LVLT) is a global communications and information services company offering a wide selection of services including IP services, broadband transport, collocation services and the industry's first Softswitch based services. Its Web address is

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Level 3 Contacts:
Josh Howell
Paul Lonnegren
Robin Grey

University of Washington Contact:
Jan Eveleth

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