Qwest Announces Board of Directors Appointments

DENVER, Dec. 15, 2005 -Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its board of directors has approved the appointments to the Qwest board of Caroline "Caz" Matthews, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, and R. David Hoover, chairman, president and CEO of Ball Corporation.

Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia in December 2004, Matthews served as president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's West Region in Denver after having worked as the group?s chief operating officer. She joined Anthem's corporate finance department in 1988 and later served in senior capacities with the company's information technology and finance departments. In 2004, Matthews was awarded the Frances Wisebart Jacobs "Woman in Philanthropy" award from the Mile High United Way and was named CEO of the Year by the Denver Business Journal.

Hoover has held a succession of leadership roles at Ball Corporation, where he has worked since 1970. He was named chief operating officer in 2000, and was elected president and CEO the next year; he was elected chairman in 2002. Hoover serves on the boards of Energizer Holdings, Inc., and Irwin Financial Corporation. He is also a member of the University of Colorado at Denver Business School Board of Advisors and the Colorado Forum.

"I'm looking forward to the perspective and talent Caz and David will bring to the Qwest board,"said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO.

The additions of Matthews and Hoover will bring Qwest's board membership to 13.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 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 www.qwest.com.

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