DENVER, SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that it has received a contract extension from the State of Montana. Under the Montana SummitNet II contract, the State of Montana?s integrated voice, video and data network, Qwest will continue to provide the statewide communications backbone network that reaches every part of the state and serves 530 office and campus locations ? connecting all state agency and university facilities.

?This is great for Montana because SummitNet provides the state with the flexibility of reaching the most remote locations in the most efficient and cost effective manner ? a situation that otherwise wouldn?t be possible,? said Montana Governor Judy Martz.

Under the contract, which originally was a five-year deal signed in 2000, Qwest supplies the backbone transport for SummitNet II, which supports voice communications, Internet access and interactive video. The network is flexible and provides for the deployment of future high-bandwidth applications such as e-government and multi-location Web conferencing.

?Qwest has been a great partner in SummitNet because of its dedication to providing us with the services and customer support needed to run such a far-reaching network,? said Tony Herbert, deputy CIO of the State of Montana. ?Our communications needs continue to evolve and Qwest has provided solutions that have kept SummitNet operating well throughout the process.? Herbert added, ?The contract extension also includes changes that allow the state more flexibility regarding use of other carriers when that is the best option outside Qwest serving areas.?

?We believe this will be a great economic driver for the State of Montana and will bring great benefits for an ever-increasing number of Montanans,? said Clifford Holtz, Qwest executive vice president for global business markets. ?The expanding SummitNet infrastructure will spur the introduction of new technologies, such as high-speed DSL Internet for businesses and consumers, to areas throughout the state.?

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