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 sees growing momentum in intra-data center connectivity services

Windstream's efforts to tap into the burgeoning data center interconnection (DCI) market continues to pay off, as the telco's recent move to provide intra-data center services at Chicago's famed Cermak center shows.

CenturyLink says FCC should deny Windstream's UNE loop request

CenturyLink is taking another shot in the special access war, saying that Windstream's request for the FCC to mandate that ILECs continue to unbundle next-gen DS1/DS3 loops should be denied.

Windstream plugs in Infinera Cloud Xpress platform to power data center interconnection service

Windstream has taken another step forward in its data center interconnection journey, leveraging Infinera's Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high speed connections between data centers in Chicago.

Windstream asks to shut down VoiceEclipse VoIP Service, says it can't bill for the service anymore

Windstream has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its VoiceEclipse VoIP Service, signaling its move to sharpen its next-gen service sets.

Windstream takes leverage and extend approach to 1 Gig FTTH roll out

As Windstream begins to deliver its 1 Gbps FTTH service to residential and small businesses in four markets, the service provider is looking for opportunities to ease the installation process by leveraging existing fiber it has built in a number of its rural communities.

Windstream brings 1 Gbps to 35,000 residential, business customers in four markets

Windstream officially launched its 1 Gbps FTTH service in four market areas serving about 35,000 residential and small business customers, including Lincoln, Neb., Lexington, Ky., Sugar Land, Texas, and seven North Carolina communities.

Communications Sales & Leasing purchases 49 of Windstream's wireless towers

Communications Sales & Leasing, the real estate investment trust spinoff of Windstream, is growing its network property portfolio by acquiring 32 wireless towers and operating rights for 40 towers from Windstream for $3 million.

Windstream, Transbeam find fixed wireless enhances Ethernet installation times, network footprint

Windstream and Transbeam have found that by using broadband wireless, the two providers can immediately enhance their Ethernet footprint while cutting installation times at customer sites that need immediate bandwidth.

Windstream says lower-bandwidth businesses rely on incumbents' DS1, DS3 unbundled loops

Windstream, firing its latest shot in the special access market battle, has urged the FCC to grant its petition to ensure that ILECs will continue to provide unbundled DS1 and DS3 loops, in order to keep the lower-bandwidth business services market competitive.

AT&T, Verizon, other top telcos lose 185K broadband subs in 2015 as cable surges ahead

AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and other top telcos lost about 185,000 subscribers in 2015-- the first year where telcos saw net broadband subscriber losses – while cable took a comfortable lead with 3.3 million new broadband customers.