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Released: March 12, 2013
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Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-371

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, DC 20554

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In the Matter of

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File No.: EB-12-IH-0087

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Level 3 Communications, LLC

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Acct. No.: 201332080014

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FRN: 0017585993

ORDER

Adopted: March 12, 2013

Released: March 12, 2013

By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau:

1.

In this Order, we adopt a Consent Decree entered into between the Enforcement Bureau

(Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) and Level 3 Communications, LLC

(Level 3). The Consent Decree resolves and terminates the Bureau’s investigation into possible violations

of Sections 201(b) and 202(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,1 with respect to Level 3’s

call completion practices to rural areas, including its use and monitoring of intermediate providers.

2.

A copy of the Consent Decree negotiated by the Bureau and Level 3 is attached hereto and

incorporated herein by reference.

3.

After evaluating the facts before us and reviewing the terms of the Consent Decree, we find

that the public interest would be served by adopting the Consent Decree and terminating the investigation.

4.

In the absence of material new evidence relating to this matter, we conclude that our

investigation raises no substantial or material questions of fact as to whether Level 3 possesses the basic

qualifications, including those related to character, to hold or obtain any Commission license or

authorization.

5.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Sections 4(i) and 503(b) of the Act2 and

Sections 0.111 and 0.311 of the Commission’s rules,3 the Consent Decree attached to this Order IS

ADOPTED.

6.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the above-captioned investigation IS TERMINATED.

1 47 U.S.C. §§ 201(b), 202(a).

2 47 U.S.C. §§ 154(i), 503(b).

3 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.111, 0.311.

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Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-371

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IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order and Consent Decree shall be sent by

first class mail and certified mail, return receipt requested, to Michael Mooney, General Counsel,

Regulatory Policy, Level 3 Communications, LLC, 1025 Eldorado Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

P. Michele Ellison

Chief

Enforcement Bureau

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