FCC Report Ranks Qwest Communications First Among Major Local Service Providers In Key Service Categories

DENVER, December 5, 2001 ? A report issued today by the Federal Communications Commission confirmed Qwest Communications International Inc.?s (NYSE: Q) dramatic improvement in customer service during the year 2000 for installation, repair and the quality of its network. The report showed that Qwest was first among the major local service providers in four of the seven critical customer service categories measured by the FCC and that Qwest improved in six of the seven.

?We said our goal was to provide the highest-quality service in the industry, and the FCC?s report proves we are well on our way to achieving that goal,? said Afshin Mohebbi, Qwest president and chief operating officer. ?This report confirms all of our internal measurements and more importantly the fact that our customers are receiving service that?s virtually the best in the nation.?

The FCC?s ?Quality of Service of the Local Operating Companies, December 2001? is the definitive report for local service quality. It summarizes various service quality data filed by local telephone companies, serving approximately 90 percent of the nation?s access lines. The last report was issued in December, 1999.

The FCC?s data showed Qwest was first in:

  • Residential installation intervals ? installing service in an average of one day.
  • Residential repair satisfaction. Qwest was the only company to show an improvement over the previous year.
  • Initial trouble reports per thousand lines, with the fewest in the industry. Qwest showed the most dramatic improvement over the previous year.
  • Out-of-service repair intervals among the Regional Bell Operating Companies. Qwest showed the most dramatic improvement over the previous year. In fact, Qwest completed out-of-service repairs, on average, in half the time of others in the survey.

The report also showed:

  • Qwest had the second highest percentage of satisfied customers on residential installation, and was one of only two companies that did not experience a dramatic decrease in customer satisfaction.
  • Qwest was tied for second in the percentage of installation commitments met on time.
  • While every other company surveyed showed an increase in the number of residential and business complaints per million access lines, Qwest showed a dramatic ? nearly 50 percent ? improvement.

In July, J.D. Power and Associates named Qwest number one in Residential Long Distance Customer Satisfaction among High Volume Users ? customers who spend more than $50 monthly. The ranking measures customer satisfaction across a number of key attributes including service, product quality and value, and marks a significant improvement in the company?s performance since last year.

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Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.

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