DENVER, OCTOBER 3, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has won a new, $15 million five-year agreement with Mesa Unified School District ? the largest school district in Arizona. Qwest will provide Mesa Public Schools with high-bandwidth data networking services that will enable the schools to use multi-media instructional applications such as video conferencing and virtual reality in classrooms. One exciting example of how Mesa Public Schools will use the Qwest solution is by partnering with a teaching hospital to allow students to attend an operating room via virtual reality.

The largest deployment of its kind in the nation, Mesa Public Schools is using metro optical Ethernet connections to 74 locations throughout the school district. Qwest metro optical Ethernet provides speeds up to 1 gigabit per second so the schools can use the connections for bandwidth-intensive activities, such as real-time video conferencing.

?This is one of the most aggressive uses of virtual reality and virtual instruction in classrooms today,? said Eric Freed, supervisor of network operations for Mesa Public Schools. ?Qwest?s mega-bandwidth services allow students to take advantage of the Internet in new ways. We?re bringing the newest education applications to our students, and we?re pleased Qwest is able to help us with that.?

?Mesa Public Schools is a leader in deploying Internet applications for classroom use and we?re proud to have been selected to help with this important project,? said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. ?Since we have more than 5,000 employees in Arizona, it?s gratifying to know that we?re delivering services to help bring top-notch education to students in the communities in which we live and work everyday.?

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