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Windstream Announces Workforce Changes

November 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN) is making changes to its workforce to improve its cost structure and operate more efficiently.

The company plans to eliminate 350 positions by Dec. 1. About 120 of the affected positions are being eliminated through a voluntary buyout initiative. Windstream currently has approximately 13,000 employees.

"We continue to make progress simplifying processes, integrating PAETEC systems and improving operations to drive efficiencies," said Jeff Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Windstream. "Today's actions are difficult, but necessary to effectively manage costs. While we are eliminating certain roles across the company, we continue to invest in strategic areas of our business to grow revenue, better serve customers and create value for shareholders."

The changes are expected to result in annualized savings of approximately $20 million. The company expects to incur a charge of $7.5 million in the fourth quarter for severance and other employee benefit costs. The company also will provide job transition assistance to affected employees.

About Windstream

Windstream, a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, 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. For more information, visit the company's online newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow on Twitter at @WindstreamNews.

CONTACT: Media Contact:

         David Avery, 501-748-5876

         david.avery@windstream.com



         Investor Contact:

         Mary Michaels, 501-748-7578

         mary.michaels@windstream.com

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