Qwest Communications Receives Positive Recommendation From The Department Of Justice On Refiled Long-Distance Application

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2002 ? The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today recommended conditionally that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approve Qwest's application to re-enter the long-distance business in nine states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.

Today's recommendation represents the second time the DOJ has urged conditional approval of Qwest?s long-distance re-entry in these states. Qwest had previously filed two separate applications for long-distance approval with the FCC but withdrew them because of questions raised about historical accounting issues related to its long-distance subsidiary. Qwest 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 and refiled the application on September 30, 2002.

"Again, we commend the DOJ for its hard work in evaluating our application. With today's action, the DOJ has conditionally recommended that the FCC allow Qwest to re-enter the long-distance business in nine of its 14 local service states," said Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of policy and law.

"We strongly believe we are successfully addressing with the FCC the few issues identified by the DOJ. We look forward to being able to offer customers in these nine states and eventually throughout our local service region ? a real choice for long-distance service. Today's positive recommendation from the DOJ moves us a major step closer to being able to do so," Davis added.

Residential and business customers in Qwest's region could save more than $ 1 billion annually with Qwest's re-entry into the regional long-distance business, according to a study by Professor Jerry A. Hausman, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Telecommunications Research Program.

Qwest has spent more than $ 3 billion to open its markets to competitors and comply with the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Local phone service competition in Qwest's territory is strong, underscoring that Qwest has met FCC requirements for its application. In most Qwest states, competitors have captured a far greater percentage of customers than they had in New York and Texas ? eight and 12 percent respectively ? at the time local phone companies there received FCC approval to offer long-distance service.

The Act requires the FCC to give the DOJ's recommendation "substantial weight" prior to making a final determination on Qwest's application. Qwest plans to file similar applications for long-distance authority in its remaining five states in the next several months.

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