Level 3 to offer local voice services in Alaska and Hawaii

Expansion gives it presence in all 50 U.S. states
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Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) is now offering area businesses in Alaska and Hawaii a new option for voice services, expanding its voice service portfolio to offer customers local phone numbers, the company announced Tuesday.

By extending service into these two states, Level 3 now has local phone coverage in all 50 U.S. states in addition to providing service in over 25 international countries.

Although both states already have well-established business service providers in Hawaiian Telcom (Nasdaq: HCOM) and Alaska Communications Services (ACS), Level 3 said in a press release that serving the expanded coverage area will enable "businesses' ability to consolidate voice services under a single provider, ensuring a consistent service experience and simplifying service management."

Among the services offered by its Alaska and Hawaii rate centers will be a mix of local inbound and enhanced local service, with customer-provided 911 service.

Besides traditional local voice services, Level 3 also has the opportunity to extend a number of collaboration services, including both audio and web collaboration thanks to its acquisition of Global Crossing last year, to area businesses.

For more:
- see the release

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