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's Thomas: We'll launch 1 Gbps service in all our markets

Because Windstream has already built out fiber to a number of homes in its Greenfield builds over the past 20 years, it will be easy to roll out 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service across its network footprint, according to the company's CEO.

From AT&T to Fatbeam: The top 10 (and more) biggest providers of fiber in the U.S.

Fiber availability to buildings and into other facilities such as cell towers and data centers has become a key issue as wireline operators look to fill their coffers with more enterprise and wholesale dollars. The equation is simple: Those service providers that have more building sites connected to their own network can deliver a larger set of Ethernet and cloud services and control the customer experience. So which companies are the largest providers of fiber in the United States? Here are the United States' Top 10 Fiber Providers, ranked by route miles of fiber.

CenturyLink could join Windstream in REIT conversion, analysts say

CenturyLink could follow Windstream into a profitable corporate-tax-law loophole, say analysts, who speculate that the company could be next in line to spin off its wireline assets into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Macquarie Research wrote in a research note that CenturyLink is most likely looking closely at how Windstream's new REIT, called Communications Sales and Leasing (CS&L), performs.

CenturyLink could convert legacy, network businesses to REIT this year, say analysts

With Windstream having recently completed the spinoff of its wireline assets into its publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), analysts are now speculating that CenturyLink is next in line to take a similar move.

Windstream reaches 200,000 users with VDSL2, sees further broadband growth opportunities

Windstream is progressing with its VDSL2+ deployment, announcing that during the first quarter it reached 200,000 customers in its ILEC territory.

CenturyLink, Frontier, others to expand rural broadband with FCC's $1.7B Connect America Fund II

CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a number of other Tier 2 telcos that have struggled to bring broadband services to hard-to-reach rural areas will now have another aide with the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), which is offering service providers about $1.7 billion in funding.

AT&T says common interconnection standards will drive new Ethernet growth

AT&T may be the largest Ethernet provider in the U.S., but to fulfill the requirements of large multi-national corporation customers (MNCs) that reside outside of its wireline territory, it would like to have a standard method to establish Ethernet interconnection with other providers.

Windstream wraps spinoff of wireline assets into CS&L REIT

Windstream has made its final move to spin off parts of its wireline network assets into Communications Sales and Leasing (CS&L), a move that it says will reduce debt and provide capital to make new network investments.

AT&T, Verizon, Windstream join MEF to advance Ethernet interconnection

AT&T, Verizon and Windstream are among a group of Tier 1 service providers that are joining the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) to drive the next phase of the organization's Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project to develop common guidelines service providers can use to interconnect their Ethernet networks when pursuing out-of-territory opportunities.

Windstream gets nine-year GSA green buildings deal

Windstream has nabbed a nine-year multi-million dollar contract with the General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Building Service green buildings initiative.