Qwest Communications Appoints New Federal Executive in Washington, D.C.

DENVER, August 2, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Lawrence E. Sarjeant has joined the company as vice president, legislative and regulatory affairs. Sarjeant will report to Gary Lytle, senior vice president, federal relations.

Sarjeant most recently served as vice president and general counsel for the United States Telecom Association.

?I am delighted to be reunited with Larry who is one of the industry?s best known and brightest attorneys,? said Lytle. ?He is a perfect fit in representing Qwest, a national provider of a portfolio of industry-leading services for customers in the Spirit of Service.?

Sarjeant will be responsible for advocating Qwest?s public policy positions before the federal government, including the legislative and executive branches, as well as independent agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission.

He began his career as an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington in Seattle before joining Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company in 1983 as an attorney. In 1986, he transferred to the U S WEST Washington, D.C., federal relations office where he served in several key leadership positions including chief counsel.

Sarjeant holds an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. He is a member of the Washington State and District of Columbia bar associations.

Larry and his wife Karen live in Silver Spring, Md., and have two children who attend college in Florida.

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Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. The company?s 46,000 employees are 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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