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Qwest Receives Contract for Internet and Web Hosting Services from the State of California

DENVER, February 24, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced it has secured California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS) contract designation for the company?s Internet and Web hosting services. The contract designation will streamline Qwest?s sales efforts into California state and local government agencies.

Awarded and administered by the State of California, Department of General Services (DGS), the designation allows California state and local government agencies to purchase Qwest services that are included in the CMAS contract and not in conflict with the state?s CalNet contract. The contract simplifies the purchasing process and makes it easier for California state and local government agencies to benefit from Qwest?s services, which are part of the company?s nationwide network.

?Qwest is pleased to win the CMAS designation because it simplifies the sales and purchasing process for providing Internet and Web hosting services to California state and local government agencies,? said Clifford S. Holtz, executive vice president of Qwest?s business markets group. ?We believe the shortened sales cycle means faster service to our customers.?

CMAS contracts are awarded and administered by the State of California, Department of General Services. The products, services and prices are primarily based on the federal General Services Administration (GSA) multiple award schedule program, but not exclusively. California contract terms and conditions and procurement codes and policies are added to the GSA?s information to establish a totally independent California contract.

CMAS certifications and contracts are administered by the California Department of General Services (DGS) for state and local agencies. For more information, go to

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

About Qwest Internet Access

Qwest Internet Access includes virtual private network (VPN) and dial-up services. The VPN service provided through the CMAS contract provides certain features, including without limitation: (1) IP-based tunneling mechanism; (2) integrated Internet access; (3) network address translation and IP address assignments; (4) security profiles implemented through an integrated firewall and (5) routing capabilities over the VPN. The Internet access services listed are available within Qwest?s backbone only. Local loops and intrastate long distance to the Qwest backbone need to be acquired from CalNet or the agency?s local provider. Voice over IP (VoIP) provisioning and applications in conflict with those on CalNet are not available under this contract.

Forward Looking Statement Note

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.

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.

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