DENVER, February 3, 2000 ? The merger between Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, and U S WEST, Inc. (NYSE: USW) passed another milestone as the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) issued an order stating it does not have jurisdiction over the pending combination of the two companies and therefore will not rule on the transaction.

In the final order, the New Mexico PRC said that it may choose to examine the effects of the merger on the state of New Mexico after the transaction is completed. The two companies expect to close the merger in mid-2000.

The newly merged company, to be named Qwest Communications International Inc., will be headquartered in Denver and employ about 64,000 people worldwide. It will bring together the world's most advanced network and provider of broadband Internet communications ? Qwest ? with the most innovative local communications firm in local, wireless and broadband services, as well as the nation's leader in high-speed DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet access ? U S WEST. Qwest and U S WEST will unite one of the world's most advanced fiber-optic networks to 29 million customers and a local network that is 99.2 percent digitally switched. Together, the two firms have more than 3 million miles of deployed fiber in the U.S. and worldwide.

About Qwest
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 24,500 miles in North America. In addition, KPNQwest (Nasdaq: KQIP), Qwest?s European joint venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, is building and will operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet-based network that will span 9,150 miles when it is completed in 2001. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.

About U S WEST
U S WEST (NYSE: USW) provides a full range of telecommunications and other services ? including wireline, wireless PCS, data networking, directory and information services ? to more than 25 million customers nationally and in 14 Western and Midwestern states. More information about U S WEST may be found on the Internet at www.uswest.com.


This release may contain 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 Qwest with the SEC, 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 potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to maintain rights of way, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks, Qwest's ability to achieve Year 2000 compliance, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment, and failure to complete the merger with U S WEST and achieve projected synergies and financial results timely or at all. 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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Contact Information
Qwest Media Contact
Matt Barkett
303-992-2085
matt.barkett@qwest.com
Media Contact
Dana Smith
(303) 896-5528
dksmit3@uswest.com