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 puts cloud services into medium-sized businesses with dedicated offering

Windstream is giving its customers another method to get cloud access with its new Cloud Connect solution, reflecting the growing demand from medium businesses to use cloud as an foundation for their IT strategy.

Windstream extends fiber to 50-plus carrier neutral hotels, plans further expansions in 2016

Windstream may have previously sold off its data center assets, but its wholesale unit's ongoing fiber build out to more data centers push shows that it is finding a growing niche in the interconnection business.

Windstream asks to discontinue legacy telephone services due to low demand, joining AT&T, Verizon

Windstream is looking to weed out more legacy services from its portfolio by asking the FCC for permission to discontinue a host of operator assisted services across its ILEC and CLEC territories.

Windstream, Broadsoft target hospitality market with Virtual PBX service

Windstream has established a partnership with BroadSoft to provide a new Virtual PBX and unified communications solution targeting hospitality industry opportunities.

Windstream reduces debt as cost streamlining measures continue

Windstream announced it's transferring about 14.7 million shares-- or about 50 percent of its total retained stock-- of Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) common stock to its creditors in order to help pay down debt.

Windstream tightens up third-party interconnects in bid to streamline costs, expand on-net footprint

Windstream is tightening up its interconnection points, weeding out unnecessary third-party circuits with other carriers to streamline costs and focus on expanding its on-net footprint, a senior executive said.

Verizon CFO says data center sale 'progressing,' telco will make decision in next 3 months

Verizon's CFO said the company is making progress on the sale of its data centers, and expects to make a final decide whether it will sell the asset within the next three months.

Windstream expands Nashville metro fiber network, connects businesses, data center locations

Windstream has added Nashville to the growing list of last mile network builds, announcing an expansion of its metro fiber network in the Nashville area to address local businesses on its own infrastructure.

Windstream's 7 on-net fiber market build out plan will benefit Dycom, other installers

Windstream's plans to equip more of the buildings in its footprint with fiber to deliver business services over its own facilities to reduce dependency on wholesale services from AT&T and Verizon will benefit Dycom and other construction providers.

Verizon says XO deal will not hinder competition for Windstream, other CLECs

Verizon says its pending acquisition of XO Communications' assets will enhance the services it provides to enterprise and wholesale customers, refuting arguments made by Windstream and Transbeam that the deal will hinder the Ethernet over Copper and business data services industry segments.