DENVER, OCTOBER 4, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has full corporate support technologically and operationally to bid positions on the U.S. General Services Administration?s (GSA) Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts, worth more than $40 billion in total. Qwest has assembled a team of industry leading technology and service partners to support the vast requirements associated with the Networx awards.

Qwest?s position encourages the GSA to make multiple Networx awards that ensure all federal agencies will enjoy the benefits of competition. Since the GSA allowed Qwest and others in 2001 to compete with FTS 2001 incumbent providers, federal agencies have had more choices, resulting in lower prices and better service, as well as innovation for all agencies.

?Historically, federal agencies have had few communications choices and lacked the same competitive benefits that commercial customers have enjoyed,? said Richard C. Notebaert, chairman and CEO, Qwest Communications. ?We?re pleased the GSA has taken steps over the past four years to allow companies such as Qwest to support federal agencies on crossover contracts, and we encourage the GSA to continue this competitive landscape with Networx.?

The Qwest-led team bidding for Networx includes industry leaders Akamai Technologies, Bearing Point, BellSouth, Hawaiian Telecom Services Company, Istonish Holding Company, Lucent Technologies, Science Applications International Corporation, Wire One Communications and over 30 additional businesses, including small and disadvantaged companies.

Qwest provides communications including data networking services and local and long-distance voice services to many federal agencies as both a primary and secondary service provider. Qwest provides services to dozens of federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Energy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Postal Service.

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.