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Qwest Services Enable Utah Business to Simplify Voice and Data Networks and Cut Costs
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)----Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced it has signed a new two-year contract with Leavitt Group Enterprises to be the exclusive provider of its voice and data networks.  The Leavitt Group is the largest Utah-based insurance brokerage and the 20th largest independent insurance sales organization in the United States.

Qwest will migrate the Leavitt Group's existing frame relay network to an iQ Networking(TM) solution.  The Qwest service will offer the Leavitt Group Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a centralized data network, increased bandwidth and centralized Internet access.  Qwest iQ Networking will allow the Leavitt Group to reduce its overall expenses and control costs by combining data and voice applications.

"We looked at many different proposals, and Qwest beat out the competition because of its ability to offer a dedicated point of contact to meet all of the Leavitt Group's voice and data requirements," said Bruce Crankshaw, chief operating officer, Leavitt Group Enterprises.  "Qwest was easy to do business with and the superior, dedicated Qwest account team members impressed us with their Spirit of Service commitment."

"We couldn't be more pleased to show the Leavitt Group how Qwest can simplify all business communications for customers," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest.  "The Leavitt Group is a longtime Qwest customer, and we are happy to provide next-generation communications services to customers at the right price."

About Leavitt Group Enterprises

The Leavitt Group is a network of over seventy independent insurance agencies in more than 90 locations. The Leavitt Group provides affiliated agencies with management services, specialty products, and greater access to insurance markets that create a stable insurance environment for clients. More information about the Leavitt Group can be found at