DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) today announced that it has reached agreement with Hawkeye Land Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the use of its railroad rights-of-way between Omaha and Minneapolis, and with two other entities for rights-of-way, all to be used for the installation of fiber for the Qwest Network. With these agreements, Qwest has now secured approximately 94 percent of the necessary right-of-way to complete the entire 16,000 mile U.S. network.

"We are extremely pleased to continue to be on schedule with the acquisition of the remaining rights-of-way necessary for the completion of the Qwest Network," said Robert Woodruff, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Qwest. "The use of principally railroad rights-of-way, coupled with advanced SONET ring architecture, makes the Qwest Network one of the most secure and reliable fiber optic networks in the world."

About Qwest Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. Qwest's planned domestic network will connect 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its completion in the second quarter of 1999. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality voice, data and video connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.

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