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 CEO: We're ready to deliver 1 Gbps FTTP service

Windstream has not officially unveiled any specific plans for delivering a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service, but according to new CEO Tony Thomas, the company is ready to deliver it in various markets.

Emerging innovators in wireline: Future leaders to watch in 2015

CEOs may be the leaders who direct the tone and direction of a company, but their visionary leadership is also defined by supporting executives who help innovate on key technology and regulatory initiatives. These are the risk takers who work behind the scenes driving new products, solutions and initiatives to lead a company forward. Every year, FierceTelecom takes a look at these up-and-coming executives in our Emerging Innovators feature. Special Report

Windstream's Gunderman: We'll improve broadband speeds with VDSL2, bonding

Windstream plans to enhance the broadband speeds for customers by deploying fiber deeper into its last mile network, while leveraging VDSL2 and bonding to drive more bandwidth to consumers.

Windstream proxy firm recommends voting for reverse stock split, LLC conversion

Windstream is taking another step in realigning its company structure, announcing that it has been advised by proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis & Co. to vote for a 1-for-6 reverse stock split and an amendment to a Windstream subsidiary's charter to allow conversion of the subsidiary to a limited liability company (LLC).

Windstream taps Gunderman to lead REIT company

Windstream has appointed Kenny Gunderman to be president and CEO of the company's proposed real estate investment trust (REIT) spinoff, Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. (CS&L), marking what is a new era for the once rural-focused telco.

Windstream to FCC: Competitive choice should not be reduced in IP transition

Windstream says the FCC's plan to revise its Section 214 discontinuance and copper retirement and IP transition processes should ensure that its business customers won't be left without competitive choices for service.

Windstream taps Integra veteran Harding to lead marketing for enterprise business

Windstream has taken another step forward with realigning its top management team by naming Joseph Harding as its new EVP and CMO for its enterprise business.

Verizon offers $50K reward to thwart copper theft in Western, Pa.

Verizon has once again found itself fighting copper thieves in Western, Pa., so it is offering a reward for up to $50,000 to apprehend whoever is responsible for stealing cable in Beaver, Fayette, Lawrence and Washington counties.

Verizon ponies up $5M to resolve FCC rural call completion investigation

Verizon is going to pay $5 million to settle an FCC inquiry into whether the service provider's rural customers could receive long distance or wireless calls to their traditional POTS phones.

Windstream gets away with it: state approves REIT spinoff

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust spinoff. Among the state agencies that granted approvals was the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley has a full report here.