DENVER, July 2, 2003 - Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q), the staff of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) have filed an agreement seeking PUC approval to eliminate both business and residential zone charges effective Aug. 1.

A zone charge is a monthly fee assessed in addition to the basic monthly rate. The zone charge is based, among other factors, on a customer's approximate distance from a central office (CO). In Colorado, all customers pay a base rate; customers whose homes or businesses are located outside of that base rate area pay the additional zone charge. Customers outside of the base rate area fall into one of three zones depending on their distance from the CO. The associated charges for these zones range from $5 to $20.

?Zone charges have been one of the most common and persistent sources of complaints to the PUC in the more than 10 years that I?ve been here,? PUC Director Bruce Smith said. ?I believe this agreement is a more reasonable and fairer way for Qwest to recover its costs of providing service in higher-cost areas, while maintaining the affordability of basic local service across the state.?

Currently, Qwest has 226,000 lines in urban, suburban and rural areas across Colorado that are being assessed zone charges.

?We listen to our customers and are responding to their concerns by working with the PUC and OCC to do away with zone charges,? said Kevin Smith, Qwest president for Colorado.

Qwest collects an estimated $22 million annually from zone charges. Qwest anticipates it will recover the shortfall by receiving additional revenue from the Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism beginning in April of 2004.

?We are pleased to join in asking the Commission to eliminate zone charges, a continuing source of customer complaints and confusion,? said Ken Reif, OCC director.

?Paying for zone charges through the high cost fund is exactly what the fund is for, to make rates more affordable in high cost areas.?

The Commission ruling is expected to be issued in mid- to late-July.


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