News Releases

News Releases
Qwest Business Partner Program Earns Five-Star Rating From Leading Industry Publication

DENVER, MARCH 22, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP) recently earned a Five-Star rating from VARBusiness - an industry-leading publication focused exclusively on reseller and partner channels. The designation further supports Qwest's commitment to its QBPP program and the hundreds of partners that are members. This year marks the sixth year in which QBPP has earned the distinction.

VARBusiness selected from more than 250 applications an elite group of companies to receive the Five-Star designation. Criteria for selection included:

  • Innovation
  • Channel leadership
  • Percentage of revenue derived from partners
  • Investment in the channel program
  • Communications with partners
  • Velocity of sales through partners

"QBPP is a critical part of Qwest's outreach to businesses across the U.S.," said Tom McGrath, senior vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "Now, more than ever, we are committed to helping our partners grow their businesses. The product and program initiatives underway this year, as well as our continuing investments in back-office systems to make partners more efficient, are key ingredients in those efforts. I am confident we will continue to see success with QBPP, and I am pleased VARBusiness has recognized our efforts."

QBPP, a sales channel within Qwest, provides sales and sales support for a network of approximately 5,000 partners and sub-agents who sell Qwest's high-quality voice, data and IP services to business customers across the country.

To learn more about QBPP, please visit

About VARBusiness Magazine
For the past 19 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusinessprovides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site,

About Qwest 
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With nearly 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the "Spirit of Service" and providing world-class services that exceed customers' expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: access line losses due to increased competition, including from technology substitution of our access lines with wireless and cable alternatives; our substantial indebtedness, and our inability to complete any efforts to de-lever our balance sheet through asset sales or other transactions; any adverse outcome of the SEC's current investigation into our accounting policies, practices and procedures and certain transactions; any adverse outcome of the current investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver into certain matters relating to us; adverse results of increased review and scrutiny by Congress, regulatory authorities, media and others (including any internal analyses) of financial reporting issues and practices or otherwise; rapid and significant changes in technology and markets; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings, including any adverse outcome of current or future legal proceedings related to matters that are the subject of governmental investigations, and, to the extent not covered by insurance, if any, our inability to satisfy any resulting obligations from funds available to us, if any; potential fluctuations in quarterly results; volatility of our stock price; intense competition in the markets in which we compete including the likelihood of certain of our competitors emerging from bankruptcy court protection or otherwise reorganizing their capital structure and competing effectively against us; changes in demand for our products and services; acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels; higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses; adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting our business; and changes in the outcome of future events from the assumed outcome included in our significant accounting policies.

The information contained in this release is a statement of Qwest's present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, the existing regulatory environment, industry conditions, market conditions and prices, the economy in general and Qwest's assumptions. Qwest may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in Qwest's assumptions or otherwise. The cautionary statements contained or referred to in this release should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Qwest or persons acting on its behalf may issue. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility.

Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

By including any information in this release, Qwest does not necessarily acknowledge that disclosure of such information is required by applicable law or that the information is material.