RAPID CITY, S.D., March 5, 2007 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that customers in the Black Hills area can now call anywhere in the area without paying long-distance charges. The addition of toll-free calling became effective in early February for Qwest residential customers. Qwest business customers will enjoy toll-free calling later this month.
"This is a great day for Qwest customers in one of South Dakota's most acclaimed areas," said Larry Toll, Qwest state president for South Dakota. "Our customers asked for this service, and I'm glad we're able to do this."
The new toll-free calling comes at no additional cost to either residential or business customers. Only Qwest local service customers in the Black Hills area - Belle Fourche, Deadwood, Hill City, Lead, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis and Whitewood - are affected by the change. Customers are still required to dial "1" plus the ten-digit number, but will incur no toll charges on their monthly bills.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers - locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. For more information on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com.