OMAHA, MAY 1, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that calls between Ainsworth and Johnstown will no longer be charged as long-distance calls.

Consumers can now call the other community by dialing the seven-digit number; it is no longer necessary to dial a "1" or the area code when calling between the communities within the new local calling area.

Qwest and Three River Telco are making the change to eliminate long distance rates for calls between Ainsworth and Johnstown.

This local calling area has been extended at no additional charge to Qwest residential and business customers in Ainsworth.

Customers with Speed Calling, customer-programmable Call Forwarding, or any other automatic dialing equipment (fax machines, computers, alarm monitors) or call routing systems, may need to reprogram their equipment with the implementation of the new calling area.

In addition, customers who subscribe to a long-distance volume discount plan may want to check with their long-distance provider to see if this change will affect their calling plan.

If you have any questions regarding these changes or wish to add additional services, please call your Qwest Center for Customer Service or your account manager at the number shown below:

Residence: 1-800-244-1111
Business: 1-800-603-6000
Federal Services: 1-800-879-2811
Large Bus/Govt.: 1-800-552-1104
For Spanish speaking customers: 1-800-564-1121

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 106,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.


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