Level 3 Gives Spaceway Grounded Link


Level 3 Communications Inc. will provide the land link to Hughes Network
Systems’ planned Spaceway broadband-satellite-Internet service, scheduled to
launch in 2004.

The Broomfield, Colo.-based Internet-backbone-transport provider will supply
the interconnect services between the Spaceway satellite service and the public

HNS is buying "(3)CrossRoads" Internet-access and "(3)Center Collocation"
services from Level 3. HNS also plans to install several antennas directly on
Level 3’s nationwide backbone, which reaches 62 markets in the United

"We chose Level 3 because the company's facilities and IP [Internet-protocol]
services enable us to seamlessly and reliably connect to the public Internet and
to integrate with other land-based local- and wide-area networks," said Mike
Cook, Spaceway’s senior vice president and general manager, in a release.

Spaceway will use a Ka-band satellite-delivery system to reach business and
residential customers with a two-way, high-speed-data service. The first
satellite to support the system is scheduled to launch later this