Windstream now provides speeds of up to 100 Mbps to more than 1,000 markets after upgrades

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, has completed network upgrades across 15 states to bring faster Internet speeds of up to 100 megabits-per-second (Mbps) to residential and small business customers in more than 1,000 markets.

Windstream now offers premium speeds of 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps to 26 percent of its customers and expects to reach 30 percent by the end of 2016.  In addition, almost half of all customers have access to speeds of 25 Mbps or greater today.

“Expanding access to faster Internet speeds is our highest priority,” said Sarah Day, president of consumer and small business for Windstream. “When we announced Project Excel last fall, we made a commitment to accelerate our plans to upgrade broadband speeds. This expansion and surpassing 1,000 markets that now have access to premium speeds are significant milestones that reflect the hard work of our employees and our commitment to continuing to make upgrades to our network.”

Announced in 2015, Project Excel is a program to accelerate the company’s plans to further upgrade broadband speed, increase network capacity and improve the customer experience.

Premium speed availability is dependent upon geographic location. To find out if faster speeds are available for a specific home or small business, please visit

About Windstream
Windstream Holdings, Inc.  (NASDAQ:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, small businesses, enterprise organizations and carrier partners across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber-optic network spanning approximately 125,000 miles. Additional information is available at Please visit our newsroom at or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.


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