Qwest Communications Says 45 Competitors Are in Minnesota; No Need to Breakup Qwest

Structural Separation Proposal is Diversion Intended to Halt Qwest's

Progress in Reentering Long-Distance Market



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Qwest Communications International Inc.

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Qwest
 Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) today called AT&T's plan for more
 government regulation of Qwest's wholesale and retail operations in Minnesota
 a desperate attempt to keep long-distance prices high and prevent Qwest from
 getting approval to re-enter the long-distance business.  Since its
 acquisition of U S WEST, Qwest has never received a complaint from AT&T in
 Minnesota about the local services it purchases.
     "It's no surprise that as we get closer to getting into the long-distance
 business, AT&T is trotting out a new scheme to delay that from happening,"
 said John Stanoch, Minnesota vice president of policy and law.  "This latest
 scheme is simply a diversionary tactic that ultimately hurts consumers.
 Minnesotans should see this for what it is."
     AT&T is asking the Minnesota legislature to impose unreasonable
 "structural separation," a regulatory method to break the company into two
 separate operations, one to serve consumers and businesses and the other to
 address wholesale customers.  AT&T has pressed for structural separation
 conditions in several states across the nation.  In March, regulators in
 Pennsylvania rejected AT&T's structural separation proposal after more than
 two years of studying the issue.  AT&T has also supported failed structural
 separation campaigns in Maryland and Florida.
     "AT&T has seen in New York and Texas how real long-distance competition
 impacts their business," said Stanoch.  "It's obvious from today's
 announcement that they're willing to do anything to stop that from happening
 here in Minnesota."
     Stanoch continued, "Local markets in Minnesota are open and competition is
 growing every day.  There are 45 companies competing with Qwest here in
 Minnesota.  They've taken hundreds of thousands of our customers and each day
 their capturing more and more market share.  Not once since we acquired
 U S WEST last summer has AT&T complained about the services necessary for it
 to compete here in Minnesota.  Yet here they are calling for the most radical
 solution to a non-existent problem."
 
     Following are facts on local competition in Qwest's territory in
 Minnesota:
     -- The Minnesota Commission has approved 124 interconnection agreements
        between Qwest and competitors.
     -- Minnesota competitors have access to almost 1.9 million of Qwest's
        2.4 million Minnesota customers - 87% Qwest's Minnesota customers - via
        the equipment they've co-located in Qwest's central offices.  In
        Minnesota, 37 CLECs are co-locating their equipment at 571 sites in
        80 central offices.
     -- Qwest has processed 130,321 Minnesota competitors' order requests in
        the past 12 months.
     -- Qwest has "ported" 355,426 numbers in Minnesota -- each line ported
        represents the conversion of an existing line from Qwest to a
        facilities-based competitor.
     -- In January 2001 alone, almost 722 million minutes of traffic was passed
        between Qwest's customers and competitors' customers over competitors'
        facilities in Minnesota.
 
     On April 10, Qwest announced that it had achieved two significant
 milestones in its efforts to reenter the long-distance business in 14 Western
 states.  First, region-wide independent testing of Qwest's operational support
 systems (OSS) has begun.  In addition, the company has completed
 three-quarters of the state workshop sessions that evaluate Qwest's compliance
 with rules to reenter the long-distance business.  Fundamentally, Qwest said
 that it is on target to file its first application with the FCC this summer to
 reenter the long-distance business in one of the states in its local service
 area and to file applications for other states later this year and early next
 year.
     Qwest also criticized AT&T for pressing for legislation so late in
 Minnesota's legislative session.  The session is set to adjourn on May 21 and
 all three committee deadlines for bill consideration have already passed.
 "This is a public relations ploy pure and simple," said Stanoch.  "It has no
 chance of gaining a committee hearing, much less passing this session."
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) is a leader in reliable,
 scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
 communications for businesses and consumers.  The Qwest Macro Capacity(R)
 Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed
 and efficiency, spans more than 106,000 miles globally.  For more information,
 please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
 
     This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements may differ materially
 from actual future events or results.  Readers are referred to the documents
 filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of
 U S WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of
 Qwest and U S WEST.  This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility.  Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any
 forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
 hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service
 mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other
 countries.
 
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    MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Qwest
 Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) today called AT&T's plan for more
 government regulation of Qwest's wholesale and retail operations in Minnesota
 a desperate attempt to keep long-distance prices high and prevent Qwest from
 getting approval to re-enter the long-distance business.  Since its
 acquisition of U S WEST, Qwest has never received a complaint from AT&T in
 Minnesota about the local services it purchases.
     "It's no surprise that as we get closer to getting into the long-distance
 business, AT&T is trotting out a new scheme to delay that from happening,"
 said John Stanoch, Minnesota vice president of policy and law.  "This latest
 scheme is simply a diversionary tactic that ultimately hurts consumers.
 Minnesotans should see this for what it is."
     AT&T is asking the Minnesota legislature to impose unreasonable
 "structural separation," a regulatory method to break the company into two
 separate operations, one to serve consumers and businesses and the other to
 address wholesale customers.  AT&T has pressed for structural separation
 conditions in several states across the nation.  In March, regulators in
 Pennsylvania rejected AT&T's structural separation proposal after more than
 two years of studying the issue.  AT&T has also supported failed structural
 separation campaigns in Maryland and Florida.
     "AT&T has seen in New York and Texas how real long-distance competition
 impacts their business," said Stanoch.  "It's obvious from today's
 announcement that they're willing to do anything to stop that from happening
 here in Minnesota."
     Stanoch continued, "Local markets in Minnesota are open and competition is
 growing every day.  There are 45 companies competing with Qwest here in
 Minnesota.  They've taken hundreds of thousands of our customers and each day
 their capturing more and more market share.  Not once since we acquired
 U S WEST last summer has AT&T complained about the services necessary for it
 to compete here in Minnesota.  Yet here they are calling for the most radical
 solution to a non-existent problem."
 
     Following are facts on local competition in Qwest's territory in
 Minnesota:
     -- The Minnesota Commission has approved 124 interconnection agreements
        between Qwest and competitors.
     -- Minnesota competitors have access to almost 1.9 million of Qwest's
        2.4 million Minnesota customers - 87% Qwest's Minnesota customers - via
        the equipment they've co-located in Qwest's central offices.  In
        Minnesota, 37 CLECs are co-locating their equipment at 571 sites in
        80 central offices.
     -- Qwest has processed 130,321 Minnesota competitors' order requests in
        the past 12 months.
     -- Qwest has "ported" 355,426 numbers in Minnesota -- each line ported
        represents the conversion of an existing line from Qwest to a
        facilities-based competitor.
     -- In January 2001 alone, almost 722 million minutes of traffic was passed
        between Qwest's customers and competitors' customers over competitors'
        facilities in Minnesota.
 
     On April 10, Qwest announced that it had achieved two significant
 milestones in its efforts to reenter the long-distance business in 14 Western
 states.  First, region-wide independent testing of Qwest's operational support
 systems (OSS) has begun.  In addition, the company has completed
 three-quarters of the state workshop sessions that evaluate Qwest's compliance
 with rules to reenter the long-distance business.  Fundamentally, Qwest said
 that it is on target to file its first application with the FCC this summer to
 reenter the long-distance business in one of the states in its local service
 area and to file applications for other states later this year and early next
 year.
     Qwest also criticized AT&T for pressing for legislation so late in
 Minnesota's legislative session.  The session is set to adjourn on May 21 and
 all three committee deadlines for bill consideration have already passed.
 "This is a public relations ploy pure and simple," said Stanoch.  "It has no
 chance of gaining a committee hearing, much less passing this session."
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) is a leader in reliable,
 scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
 communications for businesses and consumers.  The Qwest Macro Capacity(R)
 Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed
 and efficiency, spans more than 106,000 miles globally.  For more information,
 please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
 
     This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements may differ materially
 from actual future events or results.  Readers are referred to the documents
 filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of
 U S WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of
 Qwest and U S WEST.  This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility.  Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any
 forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
 hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service
 mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other
 countries.
 
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