DENVER - July 6, 1998 - Qwest today activated the segment of its 18,449-mile nationwide Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network from New York City to Philadelphia and on to Washington, D.C. With the lighting of this important 233-mile segment in the East, Qwest now has more than 8,800 route miles and 424,000 fiber miles activated.

?Millions of people live and work along the New York to Washington corridor, and this lighting allows Qwest to serve this enormous market with the most advanced communications services available,? said Larry A. Seese, executive vice president of Network Engineering and Operations for Qwest. ?We?re pleased to light Washington, and we expect to continue our rapid pace of connecting more of the Eastern United States to the Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber Network.?

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to complete the network on schedule, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.

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