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                          March 26, 2004

Melissa Newman
Vice President-Federal Regulatory
Qwest Communications International, Inc.
607 14th Street, N.W.
Suite 950
Washington, D.C.  20005

     RE:  Section 271 Compliance Review Program for Arizona 

Dear Ms. Newman:

     The Commission has granted Qwest Communications 
International, Inc. (``Qwest'') authorization to provide interLATA 
services in Arizona, pursuant to section 271 of the Communications 
Act of 1934, as amended (the ``Act'').1  The Enforcement Bureau 
(``Bureau'') will monitor Qwest's compliance with section 271 in 
Arizona through the Section 271 Compliance Review Program.  This 
program is based on a structured and systematic approach to 
compliance review and enforcement.  The Bureau has assigned a team 
of auditors, attorneys, and other professional staff from the 
Investigations and Hearings Division (``Compliance Review Team'' 
or ``Team'') to work with Qwest through the duration of the review 
and to monitor Qwest's performance in the states where it has 
received section 271 approval.  The primary team members 
responsible for this review are Mika Savir, Attorney Advisor, and 
Robert Bentley, Auditor.

     During the review, the Team will closely review Qwest's 
performance in subject matter areas that the Commission has 
identified as areas of concern in the Qwest Order.  In this 
regard, we have attached a list of areas about which the 
Commission expressed its concern in the Qwest Order.  The Bureau 
will focus its review on these areas and relevant performance 
measurements, however, it may also monitor other areas not noted 
by the Commission in the Qwest Order.  

     The Bureau's review will occur in three phases:

     Phase 1:  The Phase 1 review will occur during the first six 
months following the section 271 grant.  A representative from the 
Bureau will contact Qwest to schedule a planning meeting with 
Qwest representatives and the Team overseeing the review.  The 
purpose of this meeting is to provide Qwest with the opportunity 
to participate in developing the Review Program and to assist the 
Bureau in determining the type and format of information 
pertaining to Qwest's performance that the Team will review.  

     At the meeting, Qwest should be prepared to discuss the areas 
of concern that the Commission noted in the Qwest Order (also 
listed in the attachment to this letter) and to identify 
knowledgeable employees, applicable corporate records, and 
computer systems related to these areas.  We will also discuss 
consolidating this compliance review with the Qwest 9-state and 3-
state review.  

     Qwest should provide the names and contact information of 
Qwest employees authorized to respond to requests for information.  
Following the meeting, the Team will send a follow-up letter to 
Qwest memorializing the discussions at the meeting and describing 
the information Qwest is responsible for submitting to the Bureau 
approximately six months after the approval date.  The Team will 
also continue to monitor Qwest's performance during Phase 1 
through the monthly carrier-to-carrier performance reports.

     Phase 2:  The Phase 2 review will occur during the second 
six-month period after the grant.  This phase of the review 
contemplates the issuance of a request for information directing 
Qwest to update information submitted previously, and to provide 
additional information concerning its performance since the Phase 
1 review.  The information responsive to this request will be due 
at the end of the Phase 2 review period.  The Team will continue 
to monitor Qwest's performance through the carrier-to-carrier 
reports.  The Team will not limit its review in Phase 2 to 
performance data or information derived from the second six-month 
period; rather, when evaluating the need for any further action, 
the Team will consider all of the post-authorization data and 

     Phase 3:  The third phase of the review will begin after 
Qwest submits the information the Team required in Phase 2.  
During this phase the Bureau may make informal inquiries of Qwest 
regarding its section 271 compliance and will investigate 
instances of suspected or alleged noncompliance.

     At any time during this review, the Team may ask Qwest to 
provide additional information.  The Team may also request 
additional meetings with Qwest employees who have expertise in 
specific subject matters.  These additional inquiries may 
supplement existing requests or may encompass new inquiries.

     If you have any general questions concerning the issues 
raised in this letter, please feel free to contact Ms. Savir at 
(202) 418-0384 or Mr. Bentley at (202) 418-0876.  Thank you in 
advance for your cooperation.


                              Hillary S. DeNigro
                              Deputy Chief
                              Investigations and Hearings Division
                              Enforcement Bureau


        Commission-Identified Compliance Review Subjects2

I.   Checklist Item 2:  Unbundled Network Elements - OSS -  Change 
     management  (Qwest Order  20-25)
II.    Other Checklist Items - Unbundled Local Loops  (Qwest Order 
III.   Public Interest Analysis - Unfiled Interconnection 
  Agreements (Qwest Order  55-57)


1    Application by Qwest Communications International, Inc. for 
Authorization to Provide In-Region, InterLATA Services in Arizona, 
Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 03-309 (rel. Dec. 3, 2003) 
(``Qwest Order'').
2    The Bureau may monitor other subjects or performance 
indicators not expressly noted by the Commission in the Qwest 
Order or this letter.