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 gets nine-year GSA green buildings deal

Windstream has nabbed a nine-year multi-million dollar contract with the General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Building Service green buildings initiative.

Windstream launches IPTV service Kinetic in Lincoln, Neb.

Windstream has launched its IPTV service in Lincoln, Neb., offering video services to 50,000 local residents who previously had only one pay-TV choice, Time Warner Cable.

Windstream Hosted Solutions achieves SOC 3 compliance for 14 data centers

Windstream's Hosted Solutions subsidiary has completed a Service Organization Control (SOC) 3 examination for 14 of its cloud-enabled data centers, furthering its own commitment to meet high level compliance standards for its growing base of business customers.

CenturyLink gets regulatory relief in New Mexico with mid-sized carrier status

CenturyLink has overcome another regulatory hurdle as the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) ruled that the telco now qualifies under the "midsize carrier" designation.

Windstream, Ovum study says U.S. has large addressable market for the connected home

Windstream is dipping its toes into the connected home trend by developing a joint study with Ovum that looks at how broadband connections will serve as a foundation to serve multiple connected home applications for consumers.

Windstream's CS&L appoints Wallace to be CFO, treasurer

Windstream's Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) has put another executive of its management team in place, naming financial veteran Mark Wallace to be the company's senior VP, CFO and treasurer.

Windstream's board grants final approval for REIT spinoff CS&L

Windstream's board of directors has given its thumbs up for the company to proceed with the tax-free spinoff of its telecom assets into its real estate investment trust (REIT) Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L).

Windstream/Allworx study says SMBs have a low awareness of business phone system technology trends

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) don't have a deep knowledge of the business phone system trends and are not using the new array of advanced phone features on the market, says a new survey released by Allworx, a subsidiary of Windstream.

Windstream's CS&L names general counsel, VP of investor relations

Windstream continues to make progress in building the management team of its Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), naming a new general counsel and president of investor relations.

Report: Former Windstream CEO Gardner's resignation was related to company performance

Windstream's new CEO Tony Thomas has revealed that former CEO Jeff Gardner's resignation from the company in December was due to the company's financial and operational performance, reports  Arkansas Business.