Windstream Corporation is an independent ILEC based in Arkansas that was created when Alltell (now Verizon Wireless) decided to spin off its local telephone division and merge it with VALOR Communications Group in 2005.

To offset ongoing losses in its traditional landline voice business, Windstream has set out on a path to transform itself from just another local telephone company and into a broadband and data company. That broadband and data mission has led Windstream to conduct a number of strategic acquisitions over the past three years, including independent ILECs D&E Communications, Lexcom and Iowa Telecommunications; CLECs including NuVox Communications and Norlight Telecom; regional fiber provider Kentucky Data Link; and a hosted provider, Hosted Solutions.

Unlike its fellow ILECs AT&T and CenturyLink, Windstream has been more conservative not only in its M&A approach, but also on the product front offering traditional consumer services (traditional voice, DSL and satellite TV) and a growing base of business and wholesale services (Ethernet, IP/VPN, managed services and fiber-to-the-cell site).

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Windstream launches IPTV in Sugar Land, Texas, taking on Comcast's TV monopoly

Windstream has named Sugar Land, Texas, as the third market for its Kinetic IPTV service. The provider will offer its service to over 30,000 homes beginning in the second quarter, laying a new challenge to incumbent video provider Comcast.

Wireline network performance: How CenturyLink, Consolidated and Verizon compared in Q4 2015

How do Verizon, Consolidated Communications and CenturyLink, among others, compare when it comes to wireline network latency, throughput and availability? These three factors have a direct impact on how well operators serve businesses and consumers, making it important for customers to know what they're getting.

Windstream, Charter business services receive MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

Windstream and Charter are the latest business services providers to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification, a designation that's becoming a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for Ethernet providers.

Windstream, Time Warner Cable vie to build fiber network in Lexington, Ky.

Windstream and Time Warner Cable are among 12 companies that have expressed interest in building a fiber network throughout the city of Lexington, Ky., as a means to increase Internet speeds and expand overall broadband access.

Windstream establishes 100G express route in red-hot Ashburn, Va. market via NJFX

Windstream is extending its 100G network to NJFX's carrier-neutral data center in Wall Township, N.J., giving customers a new express route into its 21715 Filigree Court point of presence in Ashburn, Va.

Windstream to shutter Virtual Business Exchange in four states

Windstream has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its Virtual Business Exchange (VBX) services in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin, signaling its ongoing movement to IP-based services.

Windstream spinoff CS&L makes first REIT strike, acquiring PEG Bandwidth for $409M

Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) is acquiring competitive fiber provider PEG Bandwidth for $409 million, marking its first publicly announced deal as a real estate investment trust (REIT) company.

TierPoint names ex-Suddenlink execs Meduski, McMillin to CFO and COO roles

TierPoint has tapped ex-Suddenlink executives Mary Meduski as president and CFO and Tom McMillin as president and COO, starting a new chapter for the cloud and data center provider.

Windstream brings 1 Gbps service to Kentucky

You can't get 1-gig Internet service in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it's a go in Kentucky. Windstream has begun its 1 Gbps FTTH trial in Lexington, Ky., marking the first step of its plans to launch the service in five markets during the first half of 2016.

Windstream wraps $575M data center sale to TierPoint

Windstream has completed the $575 million sale of its data center business to TierPoint, enabling the telco to focus on enhancing its last mile and long-haul fiber network to deliver a host of new services to its existing and new consumer and enterprise customers.