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, CWA reach tentative agreement covering 250 workers in Kentucky

Windstream is the latest ILEC to carve out a tentative agreement with its union employees, this time with 250 members represented by the Communications Workers of America in Kentucky.

Windstream, Salestream Software serve up instant cloud pricing quotes for business, carrier customers

Windstream has taken another step forward with its channel partner program by offering immediate access to pricing quotes via a new Carrier API it created with its partner Salestream Software.

Windstream to increase on-net fiber footprint in 5 markets in 2015

Windstream may have a strong business service presence throughout the United States, but the telco is moving to take control of its service delivery destiny by increasing its on-net fiber building footprint in five markets by the end of the year.

Windstream bridges private, public cloud with elastic hybrid cloud service

Windstream Hosted Solutions has introduced its new Elastic Hybrid Cloud as an enhancement to its Managed Private Cloud service that targets hybrid private and public cloud opportunities.

Philadelphia suburb sues service providers over 911 fees

Philadelphia suburb Delaware County is suing 19 Pennsylvania telecom providers because, it claims, they came up short on $41.4 million in 911 fees over a six-year period, the  Philadelphia Inquirer  reported.

Windstream's Thomas: We'll launch 1 Gbps service in all our markets

Because Windstream has already built out fiber to a number of homes in its Greenfield builds over the past 20 years, it will be easy to roll out 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service across its network footprint, according to the company's CEO.

From AT&T to Fatbeam: The top 10 (and more) biggest providers of fiber in the U.S.

Fiber availability to buildings and into other facilities such as cell towers and data centers has become a key issue as wireline operators look to fill their coffers with more enterprise and wholesale dollars. The equation is simple: Those service providers that have more building sites connected to their own network can deliver a larger set of Ethernet and cloud services and control the customer experience. So which companies are the largest providers of fiber in the United States? Here are the United States' Top 10 Fiber Providers, ranked by route miles of fiber.

CenturyLink could join Windstream in REIT conversion, analysts say

CenturyLink could follow Windstream into a profitable corporate-tax-law loophole, say analysts, who speculate that the company could be next in line to spin off its wireline assets into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Macquarie Research wrote in a research note that CenturyLink is most likely looking closely at how Windstream's new REIT, called Communications Sales and Leasing (CS&L), performs.

CenturyLink could convert legacy, network businesses to REIT this year, say analysts

With Windstream having recently completed the spinoff of its wireline assets into its publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), analysts are now speculating that CenturyLink is next in line to take a similar move.

Windstream reaches 200,000 users with VDSL2, sees further broadband growth opportunities

Windstream is progressing with its VDSL2+ deployment, announcing that during the first quarter it reached 200,000 customers in its ILEC territory.