WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc., (NYSE:Q), the broadband communications company, announced today that its Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) contract modification was approved, permitting Qwest to become the first communications company to offer Web hosting services to all branches of the federal government.

With this announcement, Qwest became the first MAA provider to be able to offer Web hosting services under the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Technology Service (FTS) Long Distance Crossover program.

Federal government agencies in Washington, D.C., as well as local markets, currently can purchase local telecommunications services under MAA contracts. Under the MAA sister program, FTS 2001, agencies purchase long-distance communications services. The Long Distance Crossover program allows MAA providers to ?cross over? and offer alternative choices for telecommunications services nationwide.

Armed with the first FTS Long Distance Crossover contract from GSA, Qwest?s dedicated and managed federal hosting service is now available through Qwest?s Boise, Idaho, MAA contract. Now, any federal agency can order Qwest?s state-of-the-art hosting services using the Boise MAA contract crossover option. Qwest offers federal customers a wide range of hosting services, from customer-managed hardware and software packages to a Qwest fully managed solution ? all with the highest standards of system availability and security specifically tailored to meet federal requirements.

?This contract award to Qwest promises to further the goals of the MAA program - fostering greater competition in the telecommunications marketplace and accelerating the deployment of new telecommunications technologies,? said Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.-11th). ?Giving choices to federal agencies in cities across the country is a win for the government and a win for taxpayers, and I'm pleased that Qwest has become a lead player in this cutting-edge procurement program.?

?GSA and Qwest have worked hard together to forge a sound, attractive service offering at competitive rates for federal agencies,? said James F. X. Payne, senior vice president Qwest Government Systems Division. ?The availability of highly secure hosting services is timely in light of the recent national security initiatives emerging post September 11. Web hosting services can play a key role in increased government security, including disaster recovery and mitigation. Qwest looks forward to adding more telecommunications services via FTS contract crossovers.?

Qwest holds four MAA contracts ? in Albuquerque, Boise, Denver and Minneapolis. GSA has awarded 23 MAA contracts in cities throughout the United States.

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