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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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.

Windstream wants ILECs to price IP-based wholesale special access services fairly

Windstream is not opposed to AT&T or any traditional telco's migration from TDM to IP-based services, but it is calling for regulators to ensure that it and other competitors can get last-mile circuits for equivalent prices.

Sprint's new CEO open to selling wireline business

Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure reiterated during the third-quarter earnings call that the company is open to selling its struggling wireline assets, a move that would allow the company to focus exclusively on its wireless business.

Windstream takes shot at TV game with its Kinetic service

Windstream may be one of the lone holdouts in the telco TV race, choosing to resell Dish Network satellite TV services, but the advent of its Kinetic video service shows that it wants a piece of this growing segment.

Windstream acquires Business Only Broadband, adds fixed wireless to service mix

Windstream has reached a deal to acquire Chicago-based Business Only Broadband, adding fixed wireless to its mix of service delivery options for its growing business services unit.

Windstream names Bob Gunderman as interim CFO

Windstream has made another move in the realignment of its top management team, naming Bob Gunderman as interim CFO. The move comes after the company said it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).

Windstream begins the second phase of its 100G network build

Windstream has started work on the second phase of its 100G long-haul optical network covering nearly 4,100 miles that's set to be completed by the end of the year.