DENVER, February 28, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) Vice Chairman and CFO Oren G. Shaffer will speak at the Merrill Lynch Communications Forum at 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 1 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. Shaffer's remarks will be available via webcast only.

You can access both the live audio webcast and the replay of the webcast at http://www.qwest.com/about/investor/events/index.html.

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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 www.qwest.com.