Competitive carrier pioneer James Q. Crowe of Level 3 Communications Inc. kicks off the CompTel/ASCENT show today with a keynote speech.
Based on the amount of Internet world traffic on Level 3s IP backbone, Level 3 is among the largest Internet carriers in the world. The company, headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., provides wholesale dialup service to ISPs in North America and is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers through its cable and DSL partners.
Many of the worlds telecom carriers use Level 3 services, including the largest U.S. ISPs and European telecom carriers. The company offers a wide range of communications services over its approximately 23,000-mile broadband fiber-optic network including IP services, broadband transport, colocation services, and patented softswitch-based managed modem and voice services.
Crowe assumed the leadership of Level 3s predecessor, a diverse group of companies and holdings, in 1997. He reshaped it into a single company with a core focus on communications and information services.
Prior to assuming the leadership of Level 3, Crowe served as chairman of WorldCom, following that companys merger with MFS Communications Co. in 1996. Prior to that, he was chairman and CEO of MFS, a company he founded and took public in 1993. At the time of its $14.3 billion merger with WorldCom, MFS was the largest competitive local carrier in the United States and Europe.
Crowe serves on the board of directors of Level 3 Communications, RCN Corp., and Commonwealth Telephone.