DENVER, May 8, 2001? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it will offer Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) over Ethernet with speeds from 2Mbps up to 1 Gbps within U.S. metropolitan markets.

Qwest is one of the first major communications companies to provide Gigabit Ethernet services on a nationwide basis, extending the functionality of its robust 25,500-mile, next-generation OC-192c Internet Protocol (IP) backbone.

Qwest Gigabit Ethernet sets a new standard for Internet connectivity, with one of the most advanced networks available, best-in-class service level agreements, and some of the highest customer access speeds in the industry today. Ethernet is scalable and easily provisioned broadband data access and transport protocol that provides customers with virtually limitless bandwidth at a fraction of the cost. Customers only pay for the bandwidth they use and can increase or decrease their network capacity at any time. The new service alleviates the congestion found in typical metropolitan networks by providing broadband interconnections from the customer?s premise to the Qwest IP network.

DIA Ethernet service further extends Qwest?s comprehensive selection of Web-enabled applications and managed solutions, such as Web hosting, storage, content distribution, applications, and VPN services. Customers can now access these services and applications through the ?pay as you use? model.

"Qwest's DIA Ethernet utilizes the superior bandwidth, scale, and networkreliability that Ethernet-based networks have to offer," said Nick Maynardof Yankee Group. "This service is a logical and strategic addition toQwest's broad range of Web-enabled applications and managed solutions."

?The addition of Gigabit Ethernet complements Qwest?s strategy to drive new service innovations, allowing customers to enjoy cost-effective and flexible next-generation technologies,? said Augie Cruciotti, executive vice-president of local networks for Qwest. ?By using the latest technology in our network, we can continue to lead the industry in application development and deployment. Innovation is never stifled by bandwidth limitations.?

Qwest will first deliver service to customers in, Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, and San Jose, and will focus on additional markets in the second half of 2001.

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 106,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

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