Denver, September 27, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) issued the following response to published reports that it might reconsider bidding for MCI Corp.

?While some have speculated that Qwest might reconsider bidding for MCI if shareholders reject the current Verizon offer, Qwest does not plan to submit a new offer.

?Qwest is focused on serving the needs of customers, introducing new services, streamlining operations, and improving the company?s overall financial position. We will continue to monitor the marketplace for strategic opportunities that support these efforts.?

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.