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 says consolidating network interconnection agreements will lower third-party access costs

Windstream, like other service providers sees how IP technology can lower its cost structure, but the telco is also seeing opportunities to cut costs by realigning its interconnection agreements with other carriers.

Windstream plans to cut broadband subscriber losses in half in 2016

Windstream has had a rough time with broadband, losing 35,000 subscribers in the past year, but the service provider says that by enhancing its last mile network it can reduce those losses and get back on a growth path.

Windstream's Thomas: G.fast will deepen our MDU broadband presence

Windstream's CEO sees tremendous potential for the next version of the G.fast standard to penetrate more multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in its wireline territory.

Windstream expands Richmond, Va. area fiber network, enhances on-net building, metro footprint

Windstream has expanded its metro fiber network in the Richmond, Virginia area, furthering its strategy to extend services directly into more local data centers and commercial business buildings.

Windstream hires tw telecom veteran Lackey as SVP of carrier operations, furthers carrier, data center focus

Windstream has named former tw telecom and Level 3 Communications executive Beth Lackey as senior vice president of carrier operations, shoring up more of its leadership for a division that's increasing the scope of its customer targets.

Sprint, Windstream find EoC fits where fiber installations aren't economically feasible

Sprint and Windstream may be ramping up their presence in the Ethernet services race, but to get the necessary scale these service providers can't justify building out fiber to every business location they serve.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon lose more broadband subscribers in Q1, LRG says

AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon and other telcos collectively added just 65,893 broadband subscribers in the first quarter as customers churned to cable operators that can offer higher speeds, particularly in areas where slower speed DSL is the only available broadband service.

AT&T, Consolidated, Verizon put to the test on network latency, throughput, availability

How do top U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon and Consolidated Communications compare when it comes to wireline network latency, throughput and availability? These three factors have a direct impact on how well operators serve businesses and consumers, making it important for customers to know what they're getting.

Windstream defends its $80M commitment to broadband in Georgia, says rural markets are challenging

Windstream CEO Tony Thomas is defending the telco's network and service position in Georgia, telling a congressman that it has continued to make necessary upgrades to support next-gen broadband services for businesses and consumers in the state.

Windstream takes independent tack in 2016 with last-mile fiber builds

Windstream continues to expand its last-mile network fiber build, a move that will lessen its reliance on third-party providers and provide higher speed services for its business customer base.