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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Charter's TWC, BrightHouse acquisitions make it a credible ILEC, CLEC business threat

Charter Communications made it official this week that it's going forward with its $56.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, a three-way deal that will make Charter a bigger threat to ILECs and CLECs in the business market segment.

Level 3, Comcast sign new network interconnection agreement

Comcast is the latest service provider to sign an interconnection agreement with Internet transit provider Level 3 Communications ahead of the FCC's net neutrality rules that will go into effect next month.

Cogent asks regulators to place Internet traffic conditions on AT&T/DirecTV tie-up

Cogent Communications has asked federal regulators to reject AT&T's pending acquisition of DirecTV if it does not put restrictions on the new company to ensure it does not charge large fees for exchanging Web traffic.

Cogent, Verizon sign long-term interconnection pact

Cogent and Verizon have signed an interconnection agreement that could potentially improve the way video content like Netflix gets delivered to end users over their FiOS and DSL network connections.

Level 3 advances SDN play with its adaptive network control solution for Microsoft Azure

Level 3 Communications introduced Adaptive Network Control Solutions via ExpressRoute to Microsoft Azure, adapting its software defined networking capabilities to its growing cloud service set.

Lightower/Fibertech and Crown Castle/Quanta show insatiable hunger for dark fiber, but what deals are left?

It has been a busy week of consolidation in the dark fiber services space with two major deals taking place: Lightower Fiber Networks buying Fibertech for $1.9 billion on Monday and on Thursday Crown Castle snapped up Quanta Fiber Services (Sunesys) for $1 billion. The big question is: What's next in the dark fiber acquisition space?

Level 3 eyes potential acquisition opportunities outside the U.S.

With its acquisition of tw telecom now complete, Level 3's focus in 2015 will be on integrating those assets into its fold, but that does not mean that it's ruling out pursuing new deals.

Crown Castle to acquire Quanta Fiber for $1B

Crown Castle is acquiring Quanta Fiber (called Sunesys), a subsidiary of Quanta Services, for about $1 billion in cash, a deal that will immediately bolster the wireless tower company's dark fiber capabilities for small cell backhaul services.

Level 3's Storey: SDN/NFV allow us to better control the customer experience

Level 3 Communications says that software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have become a big part of its network DNA to enable customers to dynamically provision and manage their service experience.

Cogent, Level 3 threaten to file net neutrality complaints over unfair telco, cable interconnection practices

Cogent and Level 3 Communications could be kicking off the initial disputes to the FCC's new net neutrality rules with a focus on how incumbent telcos and cable operators like Verizon and Comcast are degrading Internet traffic that goes to consumers' homes.