Denver, September 6, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it has been awarded two contracts worth $143 million to provide local telecommunications services to federal government agencies in Albuquerque, NM, and Boise, ID.

Under the eight-year contract, which includes four additional one-year options, Qwest will provide data and local switched voice services, as well as dedicated transmission services to government users in Albuquerque and Boise.

"Qwest bid aggressively to win back Albuquerque and retain Boise and we applaud GSA for introducing competition in these frequently under-served markets," said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president, Qwest Government Systems Division.

"Winning these awards demonstrates Qwest's ability to provide the government with high quality service over our unmatched broadband Internet network at a great savings to U. S. taxpayers," Payne said.

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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 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.


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