WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2002 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio has been named to head the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC). The appointment was announced by FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell.

In addition to his role as chairman of the NRIC, Nacchio is vice chairman of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), a select group of industry executives that provides advice on security and emergency preparedness issues to President George W. Bush. Nacchio is scheduled to become chairman of NSTAC later this year. The leadership roles for the government will not distract Nacchio from running Qwest.

Of his new leadership role at NRIC, Nacchio said: "The council?s work at this crucial time is particularly important to the safety and well being of our nation as we study and recommend to the FCC ways to make our Internet, data and voice networks more secure, and more reliable, than ever before. We must ensure that essential security needs of our federal, state and local governments are met while continuing the high quality of service the public requires. I look forward to working with Chairman Powell and the members of the Council to achieve these goals."

The NRIC was established in 1992 to bring together leaders of the telecommunications industry and telecommunications experts from academic, consumer and other organizations to explore and recommend measures that will enhance network reliability. The original membership came from the telephone industry, but has been expanded over the years to include the cable, wireless and satellite industries.

On Oct. 4, 2001, Nacchio was chosen to testify before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on critical infrastructure issues for the telecommunications industry. At that time, he called for Congress to remove barriers within the telecommunications industry preventing the sharing of information about network architecture and threats to the infrastructure.

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