DENVER, August 10, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today free Internet access for consumers who purchase special long distance calling services. Providing a package of Internet and voice services gives consumers excellent value and convenience in today's Web-savvy world.

The communications package features free unlimited dial-up Internet service and 250 minutes of domestic long distance calling service for a flat rate of $24.95 per month. Any additional state-to-state minutes beyond the first 250 each month will be charged at $.10 per minute.

"Qwest is driving the industry to change the ways that people communicate. By leveraging our Internet technologies and Web-based customer platforms, Qwest is bringing consumers the best in today's communications services," said John Taylor, Qwest senior vice president of consumer markets. "As traditional voice services give way to the next generation of communications Qwest is enabling consumers to experience the benefits of the digital age."

Consumers interested in signing up for this new service should visit Qwest's Web site, www.qwest.com or call 888-472-3252.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 9,000 employees working in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, spans more than 18,500 miles in the United States, with an additional 315-mile network to be completed by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, have formed a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 8,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico.


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 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 and on budget, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks, Qwest's ability to achieve Year 2000 compliance, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment, and failure to complete the merger with U S WEST timely or at all. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.



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