Idaho Commission Decision Will Bring Additional Qwest Investment

BOISE, Idaho, February 24, 2003 ? Consumers will benefit from an Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) action taken today that will result in an $8 million dollar investment in Idaho?s telecommunications infrastructure. The IPUC?s order, signed today, will designate $4 million currently held in a special fund for improvements and repairs to the telecommunications network in southern Idaho. Qwest will match the $4 million for a total investment of $8 million dollars.

?We commend the IPUC for thoughtfully evaluating our request for this improvement plan,? said Jim Schmit, Qwest president of Idaho. ?This program will benefit customers and the entire state through increased service quality, a higher level of service reliability, and retention of Idaho jobs.?

?The build-out of the telecommunications network made possible through this proposal will require the experience and skills of our Idaho CWA members,? said Brent Duvall, secretary & treasurer, Communication Workers of America, Idaho State Council. ?It will provide us more opportunity to continue to do what we do best ? serving customers and building a network that will satisfy Idaho?s future needs.?

The IPUC has traditionally required that the funds allocated today, called revenue sharing funds, be used in a way that benefits all Qwest customers. Under the order, improvements will occur over a three-year period and will focus on construction projects including the replacement of damaged telephone cable. Additionally, older telephone systems will be replaced, which will then allow for the deployment of advanced services such as voice mail and Caller ID.

The revenue sharing funds at the IPUC are revenues that Qwest earned in 1995 and 1996 from services that were deregulated in 1989. In 1989, Qwest and the IPUC agreed to share a portion of deregulated revenues with Qwest?s regulated local service customers. Later, the system of revenue sharing ended but the money held in that special fund was earmarked for network improvements.

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