Qwest Expands DSL Service to its Entire Utah Service Area

Salt Lake City, May 20, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that all its Utah central offices are now wired for DSL as a result of the company's investment to upgrade the local telecommunications network. Qwest DSL allows customers to experience a high-speed, dedicated broadband connection that delivers immediate access to the Internet.

"We are excited to be able to provide Utah residents with a service that can simplify their personal lives and help their businesses run more effectively,? said Robin Riggs Qwest president for Utah. "Our investment is a result of the strong partnership that exists between Qwest and the state."

Qwest recently completed upgrades to the last Qwest central office in the state, making high-speed DSL service available to many residents of Green Valley, Utah. With this deployment, Qwest DSL is available in all 15 Utah counties served by the company. While having all Qwest central offices in the state deployed with DSL expands the reach of the service, additional DSL deployments are necessary in order to cover the entire Qwest territory in Utah with DSL. The company is currently determining its 2003 DSL deployment schedule for its 14-state territory.

?I?m pleased that Qwest has invested in our state?s economic development by making high-speed broadband service available to more areas of the state,? said Governor Mike Leavitt. ?This gives our state another broadband option to help ensure continued economic growth and success and helps us remain competitive with other communities."

According to a February 2002 report (based on a recent U.S. Census Bureau population survey), Utah has the second highest percentage of households in the nation with computers (along with New Hampshire), and it also ranks in the top third of states nationally for the number of homes with Internet access. With the state now wired for Qwest DSL, even more Utah residents and businesses can take advantage of high-speed Internet access.

?Having Qwest DSL has definitely simplified my life,? said LaVarr Webb, former deputy of Policy for Governor Leavitt. ?I no longer have to wait endlessly for Web pages to display or to download information, and sending large files or graphics is a cinch.?

With Qwest DSL, customers can surf the Internet at speeds ranging from approximately 256 kilobits per second to 7 megabits per second, which ? at the highest DSL speed ? is approximately 125 times faster than a traditional 56K dial-up connection. Qwest?s high-speed service allows students to take classes remotely, friends and family to stay in touch, and businesses to communicate quickly, meet tight deadlines and operate bandwidth-intensive applications. Additional key benefits of DSL include:

  • The ability to talk on the phone while surfing the Internet or reading e-mail
  • Immediate access to the Internet ? no need to ever dial in again and no more busy signals when trying to connect to the Internet
  • The ability to share the high-speed connection with everyone within a household or small business (wirelessly or through a wired set-up)
  • Fast download of movie clips for easy previews at home
  • Download photos or large files in seconds rather than minutes
  • Download the latest games in seconds and interact with players from all over the world in near real-time
  • Download music in minutes rather than hours

Over the last year, Qwest has expanded the availability of Qwest DSL in nearly 90 communities in 11 states. Customers who want to order Qwest DSL, or who want to know if they qualify for the service, can call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small-business customers).

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 50,000-plus employees are 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.

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