As one of the world’s top six Tier 1 Internet providers to carriers and businesses, Level 3 Communications can trace its roots back to 1985 when it was launched as Kiewit Diversified Group Inc. (KDG), a subsidiary of the 114-year-old construction, mining, information services and communications company Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc. (PKS).

Beginning in late 2005, Level 3 became a telecom service provider consolidator, purchasing the assets of the former WilTel and then in 2006 Progress Telecom, ICG, TelCove and Looking Glass Networks.

Level 3 has become a major player in the Content Delivery Network (CDN) services business by acquiring the likes of SAVVIS and Servecast in 2007.

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Level 3 says dark fiber is part of service set, not the only solution for business, wholesale customers

Level 3 Communications sees dark fiber as a growth engine in the transport and fiber section of its core network services (CNS) business, but only as part of a broader solution set-- not the best or only solution as some wireless operators and content providers suggest.

Level 3 says cable companies' limited resources make it tough to compete in enterprise services

Level 3 Communications sees cable operators as a growing threat in the business space it serves-- as well as a potential ally for special access-- but said their geographic nature and lack of experience means they will have a tough time competing with ILECs for large business customers.

Level 3, Google establish settlement-free interconnection arrangement

Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.

Level 3's Patel: Cable faces cultural, network challenges to compete for large businesses

Level 3 is aware that cable operators like Comcast are making a move to advance into the larger business markets, but the service provider sees that the sector has a number of challenges it will have to overcome to be a viable threat.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, and Verizon Business get invited to the DoD $4.3B services contract

AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, Verizon Business and a host of other service providers got their tickets to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to compete for contracts worth up to $4.3 billion.

Level 3 has no plan to sell off its data centers, CFO Patel says

Level 3 Communications could potentially get a financial gain from selling off its data centers, but the company's chief financial officer maintains it will hold onto them instead.

Level 3 says ISPs should not be able to hide poor performance

Level 3 may serve as an intermediary between residential consumer service providers and content providers like Netflix, but it has told the FCC that traditional ISPs should provide information to consumers on broadband network performance.

Level 3 says interconnection issues can be a disadvantage to consumers

Level 3 continues to make progress in making new interconnection agreements with a number of carriers, but it contends the real beneficiaries are the consumers that want to access over-the-top video and other content.

Verizon, Cablevision and TWC face NY AG investigation over advertised Internet speeds

Verizon, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable have become the subject of a New York Attorney General investigation over whether they charged consumers for speeds slower than what they advertised.

Level 3 says Charter's settlement-free peering policy raises a number of concerns

Level 3 said that Charter Communications' peering proposal lacks a number of key details that could affect future relationships.