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 amps up special access chorus against AT&T, other ILECs

Windstream continues to assert that AT&T's plea to the FCC to block an interim plan to provide equivalently-priced IP-based last mile wholesale services, if heeded, will result in a lack of service provider choices for small to medium businesses.

Windstream brings fixed wireless service to Boston, deepens alternative Ethernet access reach

Windstream has begun offering its fixed wireless service in Boston, providing an alternative last mile method to deliver Ethernet and IP services to the city's businesses.

AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon copper-to-fiber transitions must consider impact on local businesses

Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.

AT&T knocks Windstream's request for equivalently-priced wholesale Ethernet access services

AT&T says the FCC should deny Windstream's request to impose "interim" equivalently-priced IP special access service rates for Ethernet as legacy TDM services are phased out, because the market is highly competitive and the commission would have reverse a number of existing rules.

Windstream says SMBs will be hurt if AT&T raises special access prices in IP transition

Windstream has told the FCC that AT&T's IP transition will hurt small and medium businesses if large telco providers are allowed to raise rates for last mile network services.

Alabama residents sue Windstream to get higher wireline broadband speeds

A number of Windstream's customers in Alabama aren't happy about the wireline DSL speeds they are getting from Windstream, and they are suing the company in the hopes the telco will respond by upgrading its wireline infrastructure.

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.