WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 24, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Lynn Shapiro Starr will become its new federal regulatory vice president.

"Lynn brings a wealth of telecommunications regulatory experience to Qwest and we are lucky to have her on our team," said Gary Lytle, Qwest senior vice president for federal relations. "She has provided strategic counsel to some of the largest telecommunications companies in the nation and she has argued many of our industry's most important issues before the Federal Communications Commission."

Starr has nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney in the telecommunications industry, for Congress and at some of the most prestigious firms in Washington, D.C. She was legislative counsel for Congressman Rick Boucher during the drafting of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and has held vice president positions for both SBC Communications and Ameritech.

"I am looking forward to this exciting new opportunity," said Starr. "Qwest has been a leader in advocating for fair and appropriate federal regulation and I am anxious to begin working for this talented and dedicated team."

Starr received her J.D. from The American University and her B.A. from Boston College.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the "Spirit of Service" and providing world-class services that exceed customers' expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.