Local Calling Area Expanded To Cooke City

Helena, MT, March 30, 2001?Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that Cooke City will become part of the Bozeman local calling area effective March 30, 2001. Calls between Cooke City and Bozeman, Livingston, Belgrade, Big Sky, Clyde Park, Gallatin Gateway, Gardiner, Pray, Manhattan, Amsterdam, Three Forks, West Yellowstone, and Wilsall will no longer be charged as a long-distance call.

?Customers in Cooke city no longer have to worry about long-distance charges when calling neighboring communities,? stated Rick Hays, Qwest vice president for Montana. ?This is great news for consumers and businesses alike. We are pleased that the Public Service Commission helped us expedite this request.?

Responding to an August 2000 petition from the citizens of Cooke City, Qwest and the Public Service Commission joined forces to expedite the request to become part of the Bozeman local calling area. Customers in Cooke City will now pay an additional monthly fee of $2.44 that equals what users pay in other communities to participate in the extended local calling area.

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