Qwest Communications Awarded Hosting Contract From Department Of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 11, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc., (NYSE:Q) today announced that it was awarded a multi-year hosting services contract from the Department of Labor. This contract was the first awarded since Qwest?s Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) contract modification was approved, permitting Qwest to become the first communications company to offer Web hosting services to all branches of the federal government.

Under the contract, Qwest is the hosting services provider for the Employment Training Administration (ETA), an agency of the Department of Labor that is responsible for providing oversight and management to $10.5 billion in grant money each year and manages such programs as Job Corps and Unemployment Insurance. Qwest?s hosting and services solution will provide ETA with a disaster-recovery solution ? data storage and back-up on-site and off-site, as well as complete network redundancy ? that will maintain availability and minimize vulnerability for the agency?s operating environment.

?We knew that this program would open doors to previously closed segments of the federal government communications sector,? said James F. X. Payne, senior vice president Qwest Government Systems Division. ?As more programs like this are rolled out, we will start to see a truly competitive federal marketplace where the combination of the best product and the best price will benefit government agencies and taxpayers alike.?

MAA Crossover Program

In January 2002, Qwest became the first MAA provider to be able to offer Web hosting services under the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Technology Service (FTS) Long Distance Crossover program.

Federal government agencies in Washington, D.C., as well as local markets, currently can purchase local telecommunications services under MAA contracts. Under the MAA sister program, FTS 2001, agencies purchase long-distance communications services. The Long Distance Crossover program allows MAA providers to ?cross over? and offer alternative choices for telecommunications services nationwide.

Armed with the first FTS Long Distance Crossover contract from GSA, Qwest?s dedicated and managed federal hosting service is now available through Qwest?s Boise, Idaho, MAA contract. Now, any federal agency can order Qwest?s state-of-the-art hosting services using the Boise MAA contract crossover option. Qwest offers federal customers a wide range of hosting services, from customer-managed hardware and software packages to a Qwest fully managed solution ? all with the highest standards of system availability and security specifically tailored to meet federal requirements.

Qwest is the only provider to offer the full spectrum of Web hosting and managed services, application service provider and professional services combined with a global OC-192 broadband communications network and data-center infrastructure that can support entry-level companies to global multi-national enterprises.

About Qwest

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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