DENVER, July 1, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) said it is pleased with the decision of U S WEST's Board of Directors authorizing the company's management and advisors to enter into discussions with Qwest.

Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We look forward to beginning our discussions with U S WEST as soon as possible. We firmly believe a combination of U S WEST and Qwest will significantly benefit the shareholders, customers and employees of each of our companies and will create one of the most successful, pro-competitive communications companies in the world."

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 8,500 employees working in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, spans more than 18,500 route miles in the United States, with an additional 315-mile network route to be completed by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, have formed a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico.


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