Oct 2 (Reuters) - Level 3 Communications Inc
* U.S. Department of Justice clears CenturyLink's acquisition of level 3
* CenturyLink Inc - under consent decree, combined company is required to divest Level 3 metro network assets in three metro areas
* CenturyLink Inc - divestitures are not expected to have material impact on pro-forma operating revenue and operating cash flows of combined company.
* CenturyLink Inc - consent decree also provides that combined company will divest 24 strands of dark fiber connecting 30 specified city-pairs Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: