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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Verizon is going to pay $5 million to settle an FCC inquiry into whether the service provider's rural customers could receive long distance or wireless calls to their traditional POTS phones.

Windstream gets away with it: state approves REIT spinoff

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust spinoff. Among the state agencies that granted approvals was the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley has a full report here.

Windstream gets state regulatory greenlight for REIT

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions (PSC) in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust (REIT) spinoff.

Windstream hones its legal, customer experience skills with executive appointments

Windstream is shoring up its customer experience and legal teams, naming two of its executives to senior positions.

Windstream gets green light to bring IPTV service to Lincoln, Neb.

Windstream has officially become the latest telco to enter the still growing IPTV race by securing a video franchise agreement in Lincoln, Neb., where it will compete directly with local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable.

Windstream lights up Ethernet network for National Weather Service

Windstream has won a five-year multi-million dollar contract from the National Weather Service (NWS) to supply Ethernet-based services to the agency's Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that are housed in various locations throughout the United States.

Windstream brings Cyan into its 100G regional, metro networks

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Time Warner Cable contends Lincoln, Neb., franchise deal gives Windstream preferential treatment

Windstream's proposed buildout of its new Kinetic IPTV service in Lincoln, Neb., is facing protest from local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, which says the telco is getting a better franchise deal.

Windstream to distribute 80% of REIT ownership to shareholders

Windstream has taken another step forward with its real estate investment trust (REIT) structure by announcing that it will retain 19.9 percent of the shares in the REIT and distribute the remaining 80.1 percent to Windstream stockholders.

Frontier's Abernathy: We can meet the FCC's aggressive CAF-II timeline

Frontier Communications acknowledges that while there are clearly going to be challenges in meeting the FCC's new requirement to deliver 10 Mbps of broadband service in rural areas under Phase II of the Connect America Fund (CAF), the service provider is confident it can meet the challenge.