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 wins DoD contract, goes nationwide with UCaaS

Windstream Communications will be providing enhanced fiber connectivity to Fort Campbell and Dover Air Force base thanks to a $3 million contract it signed with the Department of Defense's Defense Information System Agency (DISA).

Consolidated's Enventis deal shows ongoing need to diversify its revenue base

Consolidated Communications' move to acquire  fellow independent telco Enventis for $350 million  may not be on par with the blockbuster deals its independent ILEC counterparts CenturyLink and Windstream have made in recent years, but it's significant in that it is a sign of another smaller telco branching out of its all-voice service roots.

AT&T's small-cell-backhaul quest heralds next frontier for cable, wireline telcos

AT&T's recent revelation that it is going to work with cable operators to test their HFC-based DOCSIS products for small-cell-backhaul deployments shows that wireless operators want an arsenal of approaches in their toolkit.

Windstream to reach 75,000 rural households with broadband stimulus grants

Windstream told investors that the broadband stimulus awards it received from the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will enable it to reach 75,000 rural households that up until now have had no broadband service.

Windstream's Gardner doesn't fear Comcast-TWC competition

While his company is well aware that a newly combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable could have a competitive impact on its markets, Jeff Gardner, CEO of hybrid telco/CLEC Windstream says he's not concerned that the large conglomerate will significantly affect Windstream's primary large multi-site commercial sector.

Windstream's Gardner: Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger won't change near-term SMB focus

Windstream is aware that the pending  Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger  could potentially have implications in the competitive business market, but in the near-term the hybrid telco/CLEC says it will have the upper hand in the multi-site enterprise market where cable has little experience in serving.

GPON spending rose 44% in Q1, says Infonetics

Service provider spending on GPON-based fiber to the home (FTTH), particularly in China and EMEA, rose 44 percent in a traditionally slow season for the first quarter of 2014.

Windstream's Gardner: TDM-based wireless backhaul revenue headwinds to continue throughout 2014

Windstream has been one of the most aggressive telcos rolling out fiber and Ethernet to cellular towers, but like other wireline providers, it continues to weather a tough revenue storm as its customers migrate off TDM circuits.

Sprint sues over claims of improper wireless call billing

Sprint has filed a lawsuit against two FairPoint subsidiaries, Verizon and Windstream over claims that they are improperly billing for switched-access charges on wireless calls, reports  Channel Partners.

8x8 takes top spot in UC market, says Infonetics

8X8, a competitive VoIP and cloud services provider, has taken the top spot on the Infonetics Research top hosted unified communications scorecard, beating out West IP Communications, Comcast and Verizon.