Qwest Communications Receives Approval Of New Mexico Regulators To Re-Enter The Long-Distance Business

ALBUQUERQUE, Oct. 8, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) has approved its application to offer long-distance service in New Mexico. The application can now be filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

?The benefits of real long-distance competition will soon be coming to customers in New Mexico,? said John Badal, Qwest vice president of policy & law for New Mexico. ?New Mexico and ten other states have found that our local markets are open to competitors and that we?ve complied with the Telecommunications Act. Now it?s time to open up the long-distance market to Qwest.?

Badal added, ?The PRC?s action reflects a lot of work on the part of the commission, the staff and Qwest, the result of which will be to bring more long-distance options, better service and lower prices to customers in the state.?

?Through the leadership of the PRC, we are on the verge of providing greater local and long-distance competition to New Mexico and throughout the 14-state region,? said Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of policy and law.

Extensive hearings at the PRC concluded that Qwest met all applicable requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The commission is scheduled to make a formalrecommendation to the FCC supporting Qwest?s application shortly.

Qwest currently provides long-distance services outside of its 14 Western states. However, when Qwest acquired U S WEST on June 30, 2000, Qwest had to divest itself of its long-distance business in those states. Under the Act, Qwest can re-enter the long-distance business in a state once its application to the FCC has been approved.

Separately, on Sept. 30, Qwest refiled an application with the FCC for authority to provide long-distance service in nine states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Although the FCC described the applications as ?razor close? to completion, on Sept. 10, Qwest withdrew the applications responding to the FCC?s questions concerning historical accounting issues related to its long-distance subsidiary. Qwest now has addressed those questions by creating a new long-distance subsidiary ? Qwest Long Distance Corporation (QLDC) ? that does not have the historical financial accounting issues noted by the FCC.

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