Windstream Urges K-12 Schools to Leverage E-Rate Funds for Telecommunications and Internet Upgrades

Windstream Urges K-12 Schools to Leverage E-Rate Funds for Telecommunications
and Internet Upgrades

Application for FY2013 E-Rate Funding Must be Started by Feb. 14

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With this year's E-Rate
filing deadline rapidly approaching, Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading
provider of advanced network communications, is urging all K-12 schools and
libraries across the country to apply in order to leverage discounts on
telecommunications, Internet service, and communications solutions.

The E-Rate program, administered by the Universal Service Administrative
Company (USAC), provides discounts up to 90 percent on certain
telecommunication and Internet services, to eligible K-12 schools and
libraries across the country.

The deadline to start the application process for FY2013 E-Rate funding is
Feb. 14; schools and libraries then have until March 14 to choose their E-Rate
service provider.

"Windstream has worked with thousands of K-12 schools and libraries to bring
them affordable telecommunication and data solutions," said Don Perkins,
Windstream senior vice president of Business Marketing. "We have an E-Rate
support team that has been involved with the program since it was first
approved."

Many of today's schools are upgrading their networks to accommodate
next-generation technology that enhances school curriculum and learning
opportunities for students in the classroom. Windstream provides customized
solutions for educational institutions across the country. These solutions
include: technologically advanced phone systems and Unified Communications
solutions, such as IP Simple; high-speed Internet access; networking
solutions; and managed services such as managed network security and managed
hosting.

With Windstream solutions, E-Rate qualifying schools are able to provide their
teachers and students the resources needed to effectively communicate with
parents, improve Internet-based learning, and network with all of the schools
in a district. Libraries are able to add value to their membership services
through enhanced online card catalogs and reference tools, and the ability to
participate in e-book programs.

For more information about E-Rate and Windstream's solutions for schools and
libraries, contact one of Windstream's E-Rate specialists by visiting
http://www.windstreambusiness.com/quote-request/e-rate.

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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CONTACT: Windstream Contact:
         Alice Hartnett
         704-887-0327
         alice.hartnett@windstream.com

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