DENVER, August 24, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its board of directors has approved the appointment of Patrick J. Martin, chairman of Storage Technology Corporation, to the Qwest board. The appointment will be effective October 20.

?We?re pleased to have Patrick join Qwest?s board of directors. His extensive background and knowledge will be an asset to the board and to the company as we continue to build long-term profitability and increased shareholder value,? said Richard C. Notebaert, chairman and CEO of Qwest.

Martin is chairman, president and CEO of Storage Technology Corporation ? also known as StorageTek ? a leading maker of storage devices and software that help businesses and government agencies store and manage large amounts of data. Prior to assuming his post at StorageTek in 2000, Martin was president of Xerox?s North American Solutions Group, the company?s largest marketing organization.

Martin?s appointment brings the number of directors serving on Qwest?s board to 10.

?I?m happy to have the opportunity to join such a strong group as the Qwest board,? said Martin. ?I look forward to contributing to its mission of delivering long-term value to Qwest investors.?

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.