Qwest Comminications Wins $100 Million Contract from Arizona School Facilities Board

Denver, February 1, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it has been awarded a new $100 million agreement to construct and support high-speed local area broadband networks that will provide Internet access to Arizona's 228 public school districts, giving kids the opportunity to learn school lessons through the Internet.

Qwest will also manage every aspect of the project and provide a wide range of services including network consulting, architecture, maintenance and security. More than 800,000 students in grades K-12 will benefit from this contract between Qwest and the Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB) as the high-speed network is introduced in schools throughout the state during the next three years.

"Giving students high-speed Internet access is an investment in Arizona's future," said Stephen M. Jacobsen, executive vice president of business markets for Qwest. "Arizona's schools will be among the best connected educational institutions in the country as a result of this agreement. We would like to thank Governor Hull and the Arizona School Facilities Board for the opportunity to help deliver broadband Internet services to every school in the state."

Qwest is providing 100-megabit local area network services with speeds up to 100 megabits per second to each of the state's 1,222 schools by June of 2003. This type of connectivity allows schools to run a variety of applications that require significant bandwidth, including full-motion video streaming into classrooms, e-learning, e-government, and other on-line resources.

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