MADRAS, Ore., November 25, 2002? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced the deployment of Qwest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service in Madras, bringing advanced telecommunications services to many customers within the community. The high-speed, ?always-on,? broadband connection allows customers to surf the Internet at speeds ranging from 256 Kilobits per second to 7 Megabits per second, or up to 125 times faster than a traditional 56K modem.

?Our investment is a result of the strong partnership that exists between Qwest and this community,? said Judy Peppler, Qwest president, Oregon. ?Madras demonstrated a great desire for DSL service, and today Qwest is able to meet that need.?

?I am excited that Qwest has invested in our area?s development by bringing high-speed broadband services to Madras,? said Madras Mayor Rick Allen. ?This gives the residents in our area another broadband option to help ensure our community?s continued growth and success.?

?DSL service is a cutting-edge technology and we?re very pleased to bring it to Madras,? said Randy Hagedorn, vice president of network operations for Qwest in Oregon. ?With this expansion, customers in Madras will be able to enjoy a service that can simplify their personal lives and help their businesses run more effectively.?

Qwest?s DSL service will extend to most business and residential customers within a three-mile radius of the central office in Madras.

In addition to installation of the new DSL service, Qwest also announced today it has completed construction on a self-healing fiber ring connecting every central Oregon community served by Qwest. With all voice and data traffic in the area moved onto the Qwest fiber ring, Qwest-served central Oregon customers will experience route diversity and telecommunications service redundancy. Qwest completed construction of a southern Oregon self-healing ring in July 2002.

Qwest?s support of the DSL expansion and fiber ring projects is a result of Senate Bill 622, passed by the Legislature in 1999. The bill established a fund in 1999 that made financial support available to applying communities showing a need for increased bandwidth, route diversity and access to advanced telecommunications services for their residents.

Qwest is the only company that has elected to participate in the legislation and provided roughly $70 million for infrastructure improvements in exchange for freedom from traditional rate-of-return regulation. As a result, nearly every Qwest central office will be equipped to offer DSL, bringing high-speed Internet access to both urban and rural areas of the state. Many communities around the state also will receive advanced high-speed data switches with voice mail technology. The new technology, including the completion of three additional fiber rings (for a total of five), will be operational statewide within the next 12 months.

As part of the legislative agreement, Qwest also provided $50 million for high-speed Internet connections to Oregon schools and two-way video connections for every Oregon high school, both inside and outside of Qwest territory. Every school was wired and every high school received its two-way video equipment before the end of 2001.

For information about DSL from Qwest, please call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small-business customers).

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