BROOMFIELD - TED Talks, the popular online videos featuring presentations about "ideas worth spreading," will be bought to you by Level 3 - literally.

Level 3 Communications Inc. announced Wednesday it has signed an agreement to serve as the primary streaming partner for TED. TED is a nonprofit that hosts conferences and broadcast presentations from scholars, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) is based in Broomfield. Financial details about the agreement were not disclosed.

TED will use Level 3's media-delivery platform to stream its more than 1,400 free videos to viewers. The videos, which are limited to a maximum of 18 minutes, have received more than a billion views.

"We are truly honored to help deliver TED's extensive and continually growing repository of powerful, insightful talks from thought leaders around the world," said Mark Taylor, vice president for Media and IP Services for Level 3, in a press release. "TED distributes content globally, making it critically important that they have a high-quality, rapid CDN (content delivery network) that can easily scale to handle large amounts of content. We are pleased to support them with our global CDN platform."

Spreading ideas around the globe is TED's reason for being, TED's leaders said when announcing the billionth view.

"The fact that TED Talks have been shared so extensively shows us that people are eager to learn and be inspired," said TED curator Chris Anderson. "The spread of these talks across languages and borders suggests that intellectual curiosity is demonstrably alive and well.  Maybe the Internet isn't dumbing us down after all."