Qwest Receives Positive Recommendation on Minnesota Long-Distance Application from U.S. Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2003 ? The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approve Qwest's application to re-enter the long-distance business in Minnesota. Qwest is already providing long-distance service in the 12 states in its local service territory for which it has previously received FCC approval.

The DOJ?s recommendation states: ?Qwest?s application demonstrates that it has succeeded in opening its local markets in Minnesota in many respects.? The DOJ ?recommends that the Commission approve Qwest?s application for long-distance authority in Minnesota? as long as the FCC continues to assure itself that Qwest has adequately addressed issues related to the processing of electronic orders. Qwest has already shown in previous applications that it is successfully meeting this requirement.

"We commend the DOJ for thoughtfully reviewing our Minnesota application," said Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of public policy. "We?re excited about the possibility of giving customers in Minnesota the benefit of competitive, low rates for residential and business long-distance phone service. Today's positive recommendation from the DOJ moves us a major step closer to delivering those benefits.?

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 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 a similar application for long-distance authority in its last remaining state, Arizona, in early summer.

Qwest?s residential and business customers in Minnesota could save an estimated $130 million annually with Qwest?s re-entry into the regional long-distance business, based on 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 act.

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