History of Windstream Corporation
Windstream Corporation was founded in 1943 as Allied Telephone Company in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In 1983, Allied and Mid-Continent Telephone Company of Ohio merged and formed Alltel.
During 1993, the company acquired GTE’s Georgia service areas with 320,000 lines and its directory publishing business.
In 1999, the company merged with Standard Group of Cornella, Georgia. Also in the same year, the company completed a merger with Aliant Communications of Lincoln, Nebraska.
In 2000, VALOR Telecom was formed with the acquisition of GTE Southeast Corporation.
In July 2006, Windstream Communications was formed through the spin-off of Alltel’s landline business and merged with VALOR Communications Group. Later that year, the company started trading on New York Stock Exchange and was listed on S&P 500 index.
The company announced newly branded ConnectStream suite of business products in October 2006. In the same month, the company introduced Fiber-to-the-Home technology.
In January 2007, the company and EchoStar Communications Corporation announced a multi-year extension to their existing agreement to offer DISH Network(TM) satellite TV service to the company’s customers throughout its 16-state territory.