PORTLAND, Ore., January 7, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), announced today that the self-healing fiber ring connecting Oregon?s central coast communities served by Qwest is now complete and fully operational. Self-healing fiber rings allow voice and data traffic to be instantly rerouted in the event of a service interruption, ensuring that no information is lost, and that the connection remains intact. The central coast ring is the last of five fiber rings constructed in the state of Oregon.

?Qwest has built a unique network in this state,? stated Judy Peppler, Qwest president, Oregon. ?With the completion of this entire fiber ring project, Oregon is one of the most wired states in the country.?

With the construction complete, all voice and data traffic in the area moved onto the Qwest fiber ring, ensuring that Qwest-served central coast customers will experience route diversity and telecommunications service redundancy. Qwest completed construction of a southern Oregon self-healing ring in July 2002, a central Oregon self-healing ring in November 2002, an eastern Oregon self-healing ring in December 2002 and a northwest coastal self-healing fiber ring in February of 2003.

Qwest?s support of the projects is a result of Senate Bill 622, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The bill allowed Qwest to finance a state-operated fund that made fiscal support available to communities showing a need for increased bandwidth, route diversity and access to advanced telecommunications services for their residents.

?The completion of the statewide self-healing fiber ring project is a cause for celebration! We now have a telecommunications infrastructure in place creating route diversity that links us to areas outside of our region,? said state Senator David Nelson. ?This is a big step forward in ensuring that rural Oregon has the technology in place to enhance further economic development. As the sponsor of SB 622, I applaud Qwest for their commitment to our state.?

Qwest is the only company that elected to participate in the legislation and provided roughly $120 million for infrastructure improvements in exchange for freedom from traditional rate-of-return regulation. Network redundancy is just one rural network improvement made by Qwest as a result of this legislation. Qwest also ensured that every central office in its territory was equipped with DSL, bringing high-speed Internet access to both urban and rural areas of the state. Many communities across the state have also received advanced high-speed data switches with voice mail technology.

Qwest also provides high-speed Internet connections to Oregon schools and two-way video connections for every Oregon high school, both inside and outside of Qwest territory.

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