WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc., (NYSE:Q) today announced that it was awarded a multi-year contract to provide Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) services to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA will use the connection to help keep the public apprised of hurricane and fire weather forecasts and images, such as the recent forest fires in Colorado, and long-range global weather patterns.

Under the contract, Qwest will provide NOAA and its sub-agency the National Weather Service (NWS) with a 155 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) optical connection that is easily and quickly upgraded to a 2.5 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) link as the capacity needs of NOAA/NWS expand. Qwest DIA services are directly linked to Qwest?s worldwide broadband network, which spans more than 190,000 miles and touches five continents.

?The Internet has become a keystone of NOAA?s strategy to provide environmental and scientific information to the American public. We are very pleased with the prospect of working with Qwest to provide this service as an adjunct of overall network architecture,? said Gary Falk, director of the NOAA CIO?s IT Operations Office. ?Qwest?s flexibility, aggressive implementation schedule and willingness to incorporate our Silver Spring campus onto their metro SONET ring, has made their offering a very attractive addition to that architecture.?

?Qwest?s network is second-to-none in reliability, security and capacity ? all of which are key considerations in the federal marketplace,? said James F. X. Payne, senior vice president, Qwest government services division. ?Qwest?s DIA product has become increasingly appealing since the launch of our industry-leading service level agreements that guarantee up-time and packet delivery for all customers connected to the Qwest backbone.?

Qwest provides network services for such cutting-edge research networks as the National Science Foundation?s soon-to-be-launched Distributed Terascale Facility program, a network that will be capable of transferring the entire contents of the public Internet within two hours; the NASA Research and Education Network; and the Department of Energy?s Energy Science Network (ESnet). Qwest also is the backbone provider of the Abilene Internet2 network, which is the primary network to which more than 200 colleges and universities in all 50 states and 37 countries connect.

Qwest offers federal government agencies a complete range of services with everything from a single private line or frame relay application to Web hosting or professional services tailored to the federal marketplace. Qwest also offers strategic consulting, custom application development, database design and broadband access down to the last mile.

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Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband 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 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.


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