DENVER ? January 18, 2000 -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it has finalized an agreement worth approximately $14 million with Allied Riser Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC).  Under terms of the agreement, Qwest will provide ARC its portfolio of broadband Internet solutions which ARC will sell directly to business customers located in commercial office buildings in major markets across the United States.

ARC, a leading provider of broadband data, video and voice communications services, will now offer its business customers a full suite of Qwest Internet solutions including high-speed dedicated Internet access, private line services and collocation.  In addition, ARC's membership in the Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP) will allow ARC to provide its customers with long distance, Web and application hosting and other complementary services through Qwest's unmatched Application Service Provider (ASP) offerings that incorporate relationships with industry leaders including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems.

"Our agreement represents the first true opportunity for Qwest and a member of its Business Partner Program to offer cutting-edge broadband Internet solutions to small and medium-sized business customers over a world-class network," said Roger Attick, Qwest?s senior vice president of alternate channel markets.  "Qwest and ARC have initiated a new partnering model that meets customers growing demand for bandwidth, while delivering industry-leading solutions in a timely and secure manner that ultimately will drive increased revenues and lower their operating costs."

Dallas-based ARC currently offers customers in 22 major metropolitan areas an unmatched Internet services infrastructure, featuring ARC OpticNet? ultra high-speed Internet access, business-oriented television for display on computer desktops, enhanced conference calling services and other broadband data solutions.  ARC delivers these services over fiber optic networks that it designs, constructs, owns and operates inside office buildings, leaving customers with no need to purchase equipment, no long-term contracts and exceptionally fast provisioning.

With its membership in the QBPP, ARC will gain access to solutions including Microsoft Windows 2000-based on-line office applications, electronic commerce packages, advanced business video communications, video on demand services, and real time media distribution.  As a single-source, Internet solutions provider, Qwest will deliver these solutions on a range of platforms over its high-speed fiber-optic network, while leveraging Qwest?s high-end CyberCenters which incorporate Hewlett-Packard's server and storage solutions and Cisco Systems' networking router offerings.

"We are excited to be a partner of Qwest in providing these value added services to our customers," said John Todd, ARC?s President and Chief Operating Officer.  "This unique partnership truly brings the power of fiber optic based services directly to the small and medium-sized customer."

About Allied Riser Communications
ARC is a facilities-based provider of broadband Internet, data, video and voice communications services targeting small- and medium-sized businesses. ARC delivers services over fiber-optic networks that it designs, constructs, owns and operates inside large- and medium-sized office buildings. ARC?s Internet access services provide a direct "always-on" connection to the Internet at speeds more than six times faster than T-1 and DSL lines and up to 175 times faster than standard dial-up service. Over this infrastructure, ARC offers ultra high-speed Internet access, enhanced conference calling services, and other broadband data services.

About Qwest
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 24,500 miles in North America. In addition, KPNQwest (Nasdaq: KQIP), Qwest?s European joint venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, is building and will operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet-based network that will span 9,150 miles when it is completed in 2001. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to maintain rights of way, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks, Qwest's ability to achieve Year 2000 compliance, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment, and failure to complete the merger with U S WEST and achieve projected synergies and financial results timely or at all. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties, for which Qwest assumes no responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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