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

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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