ALBUQUERQUE, June 1, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that the number of delayed orders for service, called held orders, has dropped by as much as 67%. Under the Alternative Form of Regulation (AFOR) agreement between the state Public Regulation Commission and Qwest, Qwest was to reduce the number of held orders by at least 10 percent in the first three months of the plan, which began March 8.

?I?m proud of the outstanding performance of New Mexico employees and the progress they?ve made in improving service,? said John Badal, Qwest vice president, New Mexico. ?These results demonstrate Qwest?s commitment to service and are a tribute to our employees who proved they were up to the challenge.?

?This reduction in held orders represents a huge accomplishment for Qwest and an economic shot-in-the-arm for both urban and rural New Mexico,? said Patrick Vanderpool, economic development specialist for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici. ?Qwest has accomplished much in a very short amount of time.?

On March 8, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved the AFOR plan for Qwest that established quality of service measurements, set forth investment obligations, and provided a schedule for eliminating delayed service orders in the state within 18 months. Qwest is now filing its first held order report under the plan for the months of March and April.

"We have been able to make a significant impact on this problem quickly, though we've been upgrading our facilities for many months. Our residential customers have obviously benefited," said Badal. "At the same time, the economic potential of New Mexico businesses and communities is enhanced by these service improvements."

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