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Wetherill Associates Selects Qwest For Advanced Voice And Data Communication Services

DENVER, February 4, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that Wetherill Associates Inc. (WAI), the nation?s largest supplier of aftermarket automotive components used in starters and alternators, has signed a multi-year contract for Qwest to be the exclusive provider of advanced voice and data communications services throughout its 13 locations nationwide.

WAI will use Qwest?s high-speed, private routed network (PRN) and dedicated voice services to better respond to its customers? automotive-part orders and shipment requests by allowing WAI employees to communicate in a high-speed, secure environment across its multiple office locations. Qwest?s PRN services will also give WAI employees enhanced remote access capabilities to immediately process customer requests and enter the most up-to-date available information while traveling.

Qwest?s PRN is a secure, managed and scalable suite of solutions that help customers improve efficiency by minimizing their role in network management and other operational burdens imposed by wide area networking and security technologies. Qwest?s virtual private network services were recently ranked number one in a 2003 America?s Network end-user survey of service providers.

?At WAI, giving our customers the highest-quality automotive parts paired with great service is important to us,? said Ralph Presciutti, director of information technology at WAI. ?We chose Qwest because they developed a flexible communications solution that helps our customers receive their automotive requests on-time with quality of service they deserve and expect.?

?WAI has earned a well-respected reputation for customer service, and it?s exciting they chose Qwest to complement their business strategy,? said Clifford S. Holtz executive vice president of Qwest business markets group. ?At Qwest, we are also committed to providing our customers with the best service possible, and we look forward to a longstanding relationship with WAI.?

About Wetherill Associates, Inc.

Wetherill Associates, Inc. (WAI) is the nation?s largest supplier of aftermarket automotive components used in starters and alternators. With over 6,000 products for automotive, truck, industrial, marine and small engine alternators and starters, WAI offers the broadest selection available from one supplier - all at competitive prices. WAI has 18-distribution locations servicing the U.S.A. with same day service and overnight delivery to most areas of the country. With our expanding distribution network and extended operating hours, WAI can deliver parts where and when you need them. For more information, please visit the WAI Web Site at

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

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