Level 3, AOL Expand Service Deal

America Online Inc. and Level 3 Communications Inc.
Tuesday inked a new, multi-million dollar, long-term
network service agreement as an extension of their original October
1999 deal.

The new agreement extends America Online’s (AOL)
use of Level 3’s (LVLT)
managed modem and network connection services.

Don Gips, Level 3 group vice president of global marketing and sales, said
AOL continues to be a premiere player in the Internet services market and
an important Level 3 partner.

“Level 3 has pioneered new technology for providing access, and we’re happy
to work with AOL to make Level 3’s revolutionary softswitch-based managed
modem service a significant part of AOLnet,” Gips said.

Geraldine MacDonald, AOL.net vice
president of operations said, the quality of Level 3’s Internet services
secured the contract extension with the access provider.

“Our goal at AOL has always been to provide our more than 22 million
members with the best possible online experience,” MacDonald said. “Level
3’s innovative, high-quality managed modem infrastructure allows us to do

Level 3 introduced its softswitch-based managed modem service in 1998 and
currently processes more than three billion minutes each month.

Softswitches are software control systems pioneered by Level 3 to provide
Internet and application service providers with access to a cost-effective
combination of IP network management and ubiquitous access through existing
telephone networks.

Financial details and the terms of the contract extension were not
announced due to a non-disclosure agreement between the two companies.

Besides the obvious revenue benefits, Level 3 contends that the deal
underscores the increasing demand for its managed modem services and
validates the robust capabilities of its softswitch platform.

Level 3’s managed modem service was the first of its product line-up to
utilize softswitches for controlling and processing calls. The platform
processes more than three billion minutes of dial-up Internet access calls
each month. In addition to AOL, Level 3 provides managed modem services for
EarthLink Inc. (ELNK)
and national free-Internet access provider NetZero Inc. (NZRO).

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