Qwest Communications Awarded $36 Million Contract from First Communications LLC

Denver, January 13, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it has been awarded a $36 million, three-year contract from First Communications LLC, a leading provider of telecommunications products and services to businesses.

Under the agreement, Qwest will provide First Communications a suite of wholesale communications solutions for First Communications to sell to its customers, including high-speed private line and domestic and international long distance services.

Qwest shares First Communications' commitment to customer care, and by entering into this agreement, we are confident its customers will have access to the most reliable and advanced data and voice communications services available on the market today," said Gregory M. Casey, Qwest's senior vice president of wholesale markets. "With access to private line services at speeds of OC-3 and higher on the Qwest network, First Communications? customers can receive some of the highest transmission speeds available at very competitive prices.

About First Communications
First Communications, LLC is a facilities based telecommunications firm offering a state-of-the-art global fiber network.  First Communications blends superior customer service with a strong equity support base that includes among others, FirstEnergy, Corp., the 10th largest electric system in the nation.  First Communications offers its customers a complete line of state-of-the-art products.  It currently offers customers everything from traditional switched 1+ long distance, toll free andInternet service to calling cards, conference calling packages and other advanced data solutions.  For information, please visit the First Communications web site at www.firstcomonline.com.

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 www.qwest.com.

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.

The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries

Contact Information
Qwest Media Contact
Matt Barkett
Outside Contacts:
Media Contact
Joseph Morris
Twitter Facebook Linkedin Google+ Email