DENVER - June 23, 1998 - Qwest today announced it has secured a nine-year, $122 million carrier sale with Electric Lightwave Inc., an integrated communications provider. Under the terms of the agreement, Qwest will provide private line services for ELI?s expanded Internet backbone and data services on the nationwide Qwest Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network.

?This agreement with Electric Lightwave affirms the advanced capabilities of the Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber Network,? said Gregory M. Casey, senior vice president of broadband capacity at Qwest. ?Qwest continues to benefit from the tremendous demand for broadband capacity while rapidly expanding the footprint of the Qwest network, which has nearly 9,000 route miles activated and will quickly grow to 18, 449 route miles in less than a year.?

?The agreement with Qwest is a bold and significant move for the company which will include establishing regional sales offices across the country and illustrates our commitment to the growing data services and private-line market,? said Dave Sharkey, president and chief operating officer. ?Our sales staff ramp-up has accelerated as we continue to reach across the nation and execute our business expansion plans.?

About Electric Lightwave
Based in Vancouver, Wash., Electric Lightwave Inc. (NASDAQ: ELIX) is a full-service integrated communications provider offering local and long distance telephone service, videoconferencing, prepaid services, data and Internet access services to business customers throughout the western United States. Visit Electric Lightwave on the World Wide Web at

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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