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Level 3 Inks Cox as Customer

Level 3 Communications Inc. said it has signed multiple agreements to provide Cox Communications with broadband infrastructure services that support the company's 779,000 residential and business high-speed Internet customers.

With the agreements, Cox will be able to to provide high-speed Internet services over its own nationwide Internet Protocol (IP) network, officials said.

Specifically, Cox has bought (3)CrossRoads Internet access and (3)Center Colocation service in five major U.S. markets to connect its subscribers to the public Internet, other networks and content providers. Cox is also using Level 3's OC-48 (3)Link Private Line and metropolitan dark fiber services to connect its regional data centers and metropolitan fiber-optic networks to the Level 3 network.

"We chose Level 3 primarily because of its network quality and provisioning capabilities," said Scott Hatfield, chief information officer for Cox Communications, in a statement. "We were very impressed with Level 3's ability to turn up the services very quickly at a time when our need was great. Level 3 was able to activate more than 10 gigabits of Internet access in less than a week at interface speeds up to 2.5 gigabits per second."