DENVER, May 19, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) announced today it will be the first telecommunications company to partner with the Department of Defense?s ?America Supports You? program, an ongoing, nationwide program to showcase and communicate America?s support to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

As the first telecommunications company to partner with the program, Qwest will enable consumers to communicate messages to the troops, through public service announcements with Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer and at various public events throughout the year. Starting Monday, in honor of Armed Forces Day, consumers will be able to visit a Qwest Solutions Center in Qwest?s 14-state region and find out how they can support the troops.

?I am so excited to work with Qwest and spread the ?America Supports You? message to hundreds of thousands of Americans fighting for our country,? said Plummer. ?Working together, we will help provide a tremendous morale boost for those overseas as well as their stateside family members.? Plummer was a teammate of former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman who left a lucrative contract as an NFL player to join the military and fight in Afghanistan. Tillman was tragically killed in 2004.

The Department of Defense launched the ?America Supports You? program in November 2004 to spotlight support for our service men and women, and to communicate those messages to troops at home and abroad via the Web site

Pentagon Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Allison Barber said, ?We welcome Qwest to the ?America Supports You? team. With the strong support of Qwest, our military men and women and their families will know they can count on our support.?

Qwest actively encourages the efforts of Qwest employees and Qwest Pioneers who are dedicated to supporting service men and women. For example, in Portland, Ore., Qwest Pioneers put together 15,000 comfort kits that included basic necessities for the troops overseas. In addition, Qwest Pioneers and employees sewed 100 extra Hug-A-Bears for military personnel to give to children in Iraq as an expression of friendship.

?Qwest feels it is important to show the men and women of the Armed Forces how much we care about the job they are doing at home and overseas. Its part of our commitment to making a positive difference in the communities where our employees live and work,? said Ric Padilla, Qwest vice president of corporate social responsibility. ?Qwest employees and retirees already have made significant investments in supporting the troops with care packages and supplies, and we are excited to take our support to the next level through the ?America Supports You? program.?

About ?America Supports You?

Since the launch of the ?America Supports You? program last November, over a million Americans, including individual citizens, businesses and organizations, have logged onto the Web site to register the activities and projects in their communities that show their support for America?s Armed Forces, especially those in harm?s way. Every person who registers on the site will receive an ?America Support You? dog tag to wear as a visible sign of support. The ?America Supports You? dog tags feature the program logo on a military style dog tag. On average, 700 people a day are signing up to receive the ?America Supports You? dog tag.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. With more than 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

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