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Level 3 Lands $13.7M in Broadband Stimulus Grants

Level 3 Communications Inc. (LVLT) said this week it has landed $13.7 million in broadband stimulus grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA).

Level 3 will add another $4.2 million to the kitty.

“High-speed Internet and telecommunications services have become a vital part of building businesses and communities,” Sureel Choksi, chief marketing officer of Level 3, said in a prepared statement. “Level 3 is excited to be part of the nationwide effort to improve broadband access for all Americans.”

Much of Level 3’s network runs through rural areas. Level 3 will use its government money for middle-mile projects that will give local phone, cable and wireless companies faster backbone access.

Meanwhile, news broke this week that the deadline for applying for the second round of broadband stimulus funds has been extended. NTIA applications now will be due March 26 and proposals to the Rural Utilities Service must be submitted by March 29.


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