DENVER, August 13, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Michael E. Rubin and Robert H. Dunkel have joined the company as vice president of federal relations, and executive director of congressional affairs, respectively. Rubin will report to Gary Lytle, senior vice president, federal policy and law, while Dunkel will report to Rubin. The appointments are part of the company?s plan to expand its Washington D.C. federal representation.

Rubin most recently served as vice president, government relations of the United States Telecom Association (USTA), focusing on political strategy for an organization representing the interests of 1,400 local telephone companies. Dunkel most recently served as vice president, congressional affairs, also at USTA, with responsibility for congressional and legislative interaction.

?We welcome the experience of both Michael and Bob as Qwest focuses on newly expanded priorities in Washington as we move forward,? said Lytle. ?In addition to today?s staff announcement, we plan to expand Qwest?s current federal policy and law operation as we bolster our Washington presence.?

Rubin will have responsibility for congressional affairs as well as other duties. He holds a bachelor of arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Dunkel assumes responsibility for advocating corporate positions with members of congress. He holds a master?s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor?s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.

Under the leadership of new Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Notebaert, Denver-based Qwest, a provider of local service in its 14-state region, has renewed and emphasized its commitment to improving the customer experience. Qwest announced that its analysis of data submitted by the 12 largest local phone companies to the Federal Communications Commission's Automated Reporting Management Information System (ARMIS) database showed that, overall, Qwest finished first among the companies surveyed.

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