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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Verizon's XO acquisition hits roadblock as FCC asks about EoC, interconnection agreements

Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications-- a deal that will deepen its fiber and millimeter wave wireless spectrum holdings for future 5G wireless deployments-- has hit a speed bump as the FCC has asked the two service providers for additional information.

Windstream on track with sound strategy, but Jefferies warns 'declines to persist for some time'

Windstream's management is making necessary investments in its business to meet consumer and enterprise demand for additional bandwidth, according to the analysts at Jefferies. However, the firm warned that Windstream's legacy business-- in small business ILEC/CLEC, carrier services and regulatory revenue-- will continue to decline for the foreseeable future.

Windstream CTO Nicklas leaves company, duties assumed by three executives

Windstream's Chief Technology Officer Randy Nicklas has left the telco, and his duties will be assumed by three other company executives.

Windstream offers up to 100 Mbps via VDSL2 in over 1,000 markets

Windstream is now providing its VDSL2-based 100 Mbps service to residential and business customers in more than 1,000 markets following the completion of network upgrades on its last mile network across 15 states.

Windstream's fiber-based data center drive could be boon for Dycom, other installers

As a competitive provider, having its own fiber in data centers gives Windstream a weapon to compete against the emergence of new dark fiber providers such as Cleareon entering these facilities.

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.