Windstream Awarded for Excellence in Unified Communications

Company Recognized With Internet Telephony's Product of the Year Award for Its IP Simple Solution

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today that its IP Simple unified communications solution was named the 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year by global integrated media company TMC.

Windstream IP Simple is a managed unified communications solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It combines an award-winning business phone system from Allworx—a Windstream company—with Windstream's VoIP and data solutions for a complete end-to-end result. Windstream's IP Simple solution gives business customers an affordable monthly package accessing the latest technology, without the need for capital investment in equipment.

"Windstream's IP Simple solution eliminates the need to combine services from different providers and equipment manufacturers," said Don Perkins, Windstream senior vice president of Business Marketing. "That means our customers receive more efficient installation and comprehensive support from a single provider."

"I am happy to grant Windstream with the Product of the Year Award. The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY have verified that the IP Simple solutions display quality and innovation while addressing real needs in the marketplace," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "I would like to congratulate the entire team at Windstream for their commitment to advancing IP communication technologies, and we look forward to future innovations."

The 2012 Product of the Year winners will be published in the January/February 2013 issue. INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the authority in IP communication since 1998™.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq:WIN) is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. Windstream has more than $6 billion in annual revenues and is listed on the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit www.windstream.com.

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About INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine

INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the IP Communications Authority since 1998™. Beginning with the first issue in February of 1998, INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has been providing unbiased views of the complicated converged communications space. For more information, please visit http://www.itmag.com/">www.itmag.com.

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company that helps clients build communities in print, in person, and online.  TMC publishes the http://www.tmcnet.com/cis/">Customer Interaction Solutions, http://www.tmcnet.com/voip/">INTERNET TELEPHONY, Next Gen Mobility and Cloud Computing (formerly InfoTECH Spotlight) magazines.  TMCnet.com, which is read by two million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMC is the producer of http://www.itexpo.com/">ITEXPO, the world's leading B2B communications event.  In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: 4G Wireless Evolution; M2M Evolution; Cloud Communications Expo; SIP Tutorial 2.0:Bringing SIP to the Web; Business Video Expo; Regulatory 2.0 Workshop; DevCon5; HTML5 Summit; CVx; AstriCon; StartupCamp; MSPAlliance MSPWorld and more. Visit TMC Events for a complete listing and further information. For more information about TMC, visit http://www.tmcnet.com/">www.tmcnet.com.

TMC Contact:
Jan Pierret
Marketing Manager
203-852-6800, ext. 228


Windstream:
Alice Hartnett
704-887-0327