Denver, February 16, 2001 ? The Board of Directors of Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, and its Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio today announced a planned and structured daily stock sales program for Nacchio to sell the stock issuable upon the exercise of Qwest stock options that expire on June 30, 2003.

Nacchio intends to sell stock that will be issued upon the exercise of 6.1 million options that he was granted in June 1997. These options must be exercised by June 30, 2003. Nacchio intends to sell 11,500 shares daily beginning February 20, 2001 until June 30, 2003, or 6.1 million shares in total. The daily sales price will not affect the number of shares sold on that day.

The Qwest Board asked Nacchio to commit to the program to avoid the bunching of sales during and at the end of the exercise period of the June 1997 options. This program will modify Nacchio?s current practice of exercising options and selling stock during Qwest?s ?trading window? periods following quarterly announcements of Qwest earnings.

Nacchio owns an additional 14 million stock options and 471,000 Qwest shares that are not included in the daily sales program. The 14 million options include five million options that the Qwest Board issued to Nacchio earlier this week. These five million options expire in February 2011 and vest in installments of 2.5 million options in each of August 2004 and 2005. The 14 million options also include nine million options granted in August 1999 that expire in August 2009 and vest in installments of 2.25 million options in each of August 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Qwest?s average daily trading volume over the last three months is approximately 5.6 million shares.

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Qwest Communications International Inc. is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity(r) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 106,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

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