DENVER, August 2, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the hiring of John W. Badal to serve as vice president for New Mexico, effective immediately. Badal will be based in Albuquerque and report to Steve Davis, senior vice president, Policy & Law at Qwest.

"I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic, fast-paced broadband Internet communications leader," said Badal. "I believe my years of telecommunications and public policy experience, combined with my knowledge and affection for my home state of New Mexico, will allow me to hit the ground running and ensure we're continuing to meet the needs of customers in this state."

Badal, a telecommunications veteran with more than 20 years' experience, previously served as the president of Border States Policy Group, a telecommunications policy and advocacy organization in Arizona and New Mexico. He began his telecommunications career in 1980 with Mountain Bell in New Mexico. In 1983, he moved to Arizona with AT&T, where he spent 16 years as director of government affairs in the Western region.

"John Badal is a first-rate leader for Qwest's New Mexico team," said Davis. "As a seasoned professional, he knows telecommunications issues; as a native New Mexican, he knows the state and its people."

Badal holds a master's degree in Latin American Literature and a graduate degree in Latin American Affairs from Temple University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct doctoral research in Peru.

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