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 taps into Zayo's colocation network to expand New York metro presence

Windstream has taken another step forward in its ongoing 100G network expansion into the New York market by deploying its core network infrastructure in Zayo's area colocation facilities.

Report: Windstream mulling sale of its data center business

Windstream is looking to put up for sale its data center business, Windstream Hosted Solutions, reports Bloomberg  citing people close to the company.

Windstream brings broadband wireless service to Philadelphia

Windstream is taking its fixed wireless solution to Philadelphia, adding another market where it will provide complementary network access to its wireline network to business customers.

Windstream, HP to jointly deliver cloud-based backup, disaster recovery services

Windstream has joined HP's PartnerOne Program where it will deliver hosted solutions built on HP Helion and infrastructure platforms for its growing cloud customer base.

FCC approves four Connect America Fund projects totaling $11.2M

The FCC has approved four Connect America Fund projects that will receive $11.2 million in funding to deliver broadband services to thousands of consumers in rural areas in five states. The funding is a small component of an overall offering of nearly $1.7 billion that has been paid to carriers as part of the Connect America initiative.

Windstream to expand 100G network, add nearly 20K route fiber miles

Windstream is bullish on its 100G long-haul network prospects for both enterprise and carrier customers, so much so that it has set forth a plan to add more fiber routes and entrance points to the network by the end of the year.

Windstream to bring 50 Mbps speeds to nearly 1M new locations

Windstream is accelerating its consumer DSL profile with plans to launch 50 Mbps speeds to nearly 1 million locations, including 380,000 existing customers.

Windstream takes $175M in Connect America Funds, sets broadband expansion to 400K rural locations

Windstream has accepted $175 million of Phase II Connect America Funds (CAF-II), a move that will enable it to extend broadband services to nearly 400,000 rural households across 17 states.

Ciena wraps $400M Cyan acquisition, further SDN, NFV plans

Ciena has completed its acquisition of Cyan, a deal that immediately enhances its software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) plans. With the acquisition now completed, Ciena said it will unify the software activities of both companies under a single brand that will be known as the Blue Planet division.

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.