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Qwest Communications Appoints Barry K. Allen Executive Vice President, Operations

DENVER, March 19, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that Barry K. Allen has been appointed executive vice president of operations, with responsibility for the company?s network and information technology (IT) operations. Allen previously served as the company?s chief human resources officer and will be replaced by Jill R. Sanford, who will now serve as the company?s chief human resources officer. These changes are effective Monday, March 22 and both Allen and Sanford will report directly to Qwest Chairman and CEO Richard C. Notebaert.

Allen joined Qwest in July of 2002 and has more than 25 years of senior management experience. During his tenure in the telecommunications sector, Allen directed a number of operational functions including, local network, marketing, and publishing. He also served as president and COO of Marquette Electronics, Inc. and was president and CEO at Illinois Bell, Wisconsin Bell and Ameritech Publishing.

Sanford joined Qwest in October of 2002 after serving as the senior vice president for human resources services at First Data Corporation in Denver. Sanford has held management positions as a lawyer and in human resources functions with U S WEST and Holme, Roberts and Owen.

Al-Noor Ramji, Qwest?s executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO), will serve as the company?s CIO of IT strategy and report to Allen. He will be a technical advisor to Allen on operational and strategy matters.

The company also announced that Augie Cruciotti, executive vice president of Qwest?s network services group, will be leaving Qwest for personal reasons.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 47,000 employees are 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: the duration and extent of the current economic downturn in our 14-state local service area, including its effect on our customers and suppliers; 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; further delays in making required public filings with the SEC; 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.

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