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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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.

CenturyLink, Windstream say FCC's CAF-II timeline is too restrictive

CenturyLink and Windstream are prime candidates for FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) since both telcos serve a large swatch of Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, but both telcos are concerned that the timeline to meet the 10/1 Mbps requirement is not realistic.

Gardner resigns as Windstream president-CEO

In a management shakeup, Windstream founding President-CEO Jeff Gardner has resigned and Tony Thomas, president of the company's real estate investment trust (REIT) and former CFO, has been named as his replacement. Gardner will stay on as a senior advisor to the CEO and member of the board of directors through Feb. 1, 2015.

Windstream enhances Application Firewall, DDoS capabilities via Imperva partnership

Windstream Hosted Solutions is revitalizing its managed service set with new Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services that are provided through a partnership with Imperva.

FCC issues NPRM to protect businesses, consumers in IP, copper retirement transition

During its November open meeting on Friday, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) related to the proposed transition large service providers are making from traditional TDM to IP, with an eye on consumers and small businesses that rely on services that may not be supported following a transition.

Windstream to cut 350 jobs to improve cost structure, operations

Windstream said it is going to lay off 350 workers by Dec. 1 in an effort to improve its cost structure and improve its overall operational structure.

Windstream implements Overture's 6500 platform for multi-access Ethernet strategy

Windstream is leveraging Overture's 6500 platform as part of its multi-access Ethernet service initiative, accommodating a mix of fiber, copper, SONET and TDM across its ILEC and CLEC footprints.

Windstream's enterprise, consumer gains help ease pain of declining legacy business losses

Windstream's ongoing move to establish a greater foothold in the medium-sized business market continues to bear fruit as the service provider reported in third-quarter 2014 earnings that enterprise and small business service revenues were $752 million, up slightly year-over-year.