Vertical Systems Group Names Windstream One of the Nation’s Top Ethernet Providers

We have spent the past two years investing heavily in our Windstream business technology, people and processes to give our customers a best-in- class experience. Over that period, we have seen a number of improvements that have increased the reliability, scalability and efficiency of our solutions.

One example is our Ethernet service. Last year, we were honored to be recognized by Vertical Systems Group as one of the top Ethernet providers in the nation. It was the first time we had made its list, and Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group, noted:

“This is Windstream's inaugural appearance on our LEADERBOARD, and the company's continued investments in its fiber networks should put it in solid position for next year as well."

Rick’s forecast proved quite prescient. Not only did Windstream make Vertical Systems Group Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD rankings again this year, we actually moved up a spot. That designation is proof that our investments – including the capital investments in our fiber networks – are paying off.

While we will take a moment to celebrate this prestigious industry recognition, we can assure you that we won't rest on our laurels. We are already hard at work making sure that a year from now we will have new news to celebrate.

About Windstream’s Ethernet Services

Windstream offers Ethernet services to carriers and directly to customers in a number of industries, including banking, financial services, education, healthcare, government, hospitality and retail.

Our Carrier Ethernet service is MEF CE 2.0 certified, and it is architected to offer 1G and 10G ENNI ports, single- and multi-mode fiber interfaces, end-user Ethernet speeds from 3M to 10G, and Ethernet over Copper (EoC) or fiber transport (EoF).