The board of directors of US WEST Inc. has raised its quarterly dividend for the seventh consecutive year.

The increase is 2 cents per share, or 4 percent, for the first quarter. With the increase, US WEST will pay a dividend of 52 cents per share on May 1 to shareowners of record April 19.Richard D. McCormick, president and chief executive officer, said the latest increase means that US WEST's quarterly dividends have risen 54 percent since the company began operation in 1984.