PRESS RELEASE from Level 3 Communications, Inc. via PRNewswire-USNewswire

Level 3 to Provide Gavel-to-Gavel Live Video Coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention
Video Network Services to Provide Virtual 'All-Access' Pass to Historic Event Live Online HD Video Streaming a Convention First

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT) today announced that the company has finalized its preparations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 25-28. As the official Live Video and Content Delivery Services provider, Level 3 will provide the video network infrastructure and services to support television broadcast and online viewing of the Convention throughout the four-day event.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: Specifically, Level 3 will deliver:
    -- High-Definition (HD) and analog video feeds to national and international broadcast networks from the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.
    -- Live video streaming to provide online event access for a global audience; live video streaming in HD is a Convention first.
    -- On-demand online video to enable viewers to watch Convention content according to their personal preferences.
    -- Web site caching to provide a high-quality end-user experience at

"The 2008 Democratic National Convention provides a showcase for our services and offers an important opportunity to use technology in new ways to provide millions of people with a virtual 'all-access' pass to this historic event," said Grant van Rooyen, president of Level 3's Content Markets Group. "Since 2004, the Internet has changed, conventions have changed and the public appetite for information has grown significantly. Level 3 is pleased to be supporting the Convention and helping more people to engage in the political process than ever before."

In preparation for the Convention, Level 3 has installed more than five miles of fiber optic cable to connect both the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field to the Level 3 network. Level 3 has also established fiber route diversity from each venue, redundant video encoding facilities and enhanced network security to ensure network performance throughout this event.

As an official provider for the Convention, Level 3 brings a long-standing history in support of live events and political coverage, including prior broadcast coverage of conventions, election debates and the annual State of the Union address.

The embedded video animates delivery of Convention services over the Level 3 network. The video animation and additional press kit information is available for media download at

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