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Tough day for our friend Michelle Gagne @ 360…


—— Forwarded Message From: “360networks” Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 17:13:03 -0700 To: Undisclosed recipients:; Subject: 360networks – News Release

June 28, 2001

For immediate release


All figures in U.S. dollars

Vancouver ­ 360networks today announced that the company and several of its operating subsidiaries have filed for protection under the Companies¹ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The company¹s principal U.S. subsidiary, 360networks (USA) inc. and 22 of its affiliates concurrently filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Where necessary, appropriate action is being taken in other jurisdictions to protect the company¹s assets.

The company and the subsidiaries covered by the filings currently have approximately $155 million of unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and marketable securities on hand. 360networks expects to use these funds to maintain service to existing customers in Canada and the United States, and to complete key segments of its North American network.

360networks believes it will be able to complete its North American network using its cash and current backlog of contracted revenues. Further growth will depend on its ability to attract additional financing or strategic investment into the reorganized company. Subject to certain conditions, the company¹s senior secured lenders have agreed to subordinate their liens to up to $100 million of debtor-in-possessions (DIP) financing, and the company has received a firm proposal for such financing. 360networks also intends to consider additional proposals to enable it to obtain the best available terms and is examining other strategic alternatives, including asset sales.

³We are taking these steps to restructure our business and financial position in a difficult telecommunications environment,² said Greg Maffei, president and chief executive officer of 360networks. ³While very disappointing, we believe today¹s filings provide us the best opportunity to reorganize and operate our core business.²

Lazard Freres is assisting 360networks to develop and evaluate options, including restructuring its debt obligations. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. has been appointed by the court in Canada as Monitor of the Canadian proceeding.

The filings do not include the company¹s 360americas subsidiaries, which were acquired in connection with the purchase of GlobeNet Communications Group Limited.

In addition, 360networks intends to initiate insolvency proceedings for certain of its European subsidiaries.

The company also announced the resignation of seven board members: Kevin Compton, Glenn Creamer, John Malone, Claude Mongeau, Christian Reinaudo, John Stanton and Jim Voelker. These resignations took place prior to today¹s filings.

About 360networks 360networks (NASDAQ: TSIX and TSE: TSX) offers optical network services to telecommunications and data-centric organizations. The company¹s fiber optic network connects more than 50 major cities in North America, Europe and South America with terrestrial segments and undersea cables. As of March 31, 2001, 360networks had total assets of $6.3 billion and total liabilities of $3.6 billion. Currently, the company has $1.2 billion of senior secured bank debt and $1.45 billion, represented by unsecured Senior Notes. The company¹s cash revenue was $644 million in 2000 and $274 million in the first quarter of 2001.

For more information contact:

Investor Relations Nancy Bacchieri ir [at] 360 [dot] net

Media Michelle Gagné michelle.gagne [at] 360 [dot] net

This news release contains information about management¹s view of 360networks¹ future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the doubt as to 360networks¹ ability as a going concern, risks associated with efforts to restructure the obligations of 360networks, risks associated with efforts to obtain DIP financing, risks associated with proceedings commenced by 360networks and its subsidiaries under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code or Canada¹s Companies¹ Creditors Arrangement Act, competitive developments, risks associated with 360networks¹ growth, regulatory risks, and other factors. 360networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in factors affecting such forward-looking statements.

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