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Press Release -- April 8th, 2013
Source: Windstream
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Windstream Awarded Federal Government GSA Local Services Acquisition Contract

GSA Contract With Multi-Million Dollar Annual Revenue Potential is to Serve Government Agencies in IA, NE, MO, and KS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream
(NYSE:WIN, news, filings) announced today that the General Services Administration
(GSA) of the U.S. Federal Government has awarded it a contract to
provide voice, Internet and data services. The contract represents
multi-million dollar potential revenue annually, covering GSA's Region
6, which is known as the "Heartland Region" and includes Iowa,
Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. The term of the contract is five years
and runs through fiscal year 2016.

The GSA is a federal procurement and property management agency created
to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve
the public. As a result of this agreement, Windstream has the
opportunity to provide its leading telecommunications and technology
solutions to more than 60,000 federal employees based in over 400
GSA-owned buildings, properties, and agencies, such as the Department
of Justice/U.S. Attorneys, Department of Labor, Internal Revenue
Service, and Social Security offices. The Region 6 local services
acquisition (LSA) contract adds another region to Windstream's growing
portfolio of LSAs, which also includes Region 1 (Northeast), Region 2
(New York and New Jersey), Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic) Region 4
(Southeast), Region 5 (Great Lakes Region), and Region 9 (California).

According to the terms of the contract, all federal government agencies
with local offices in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas will have
access to Windstream's suite of services including the company's
Allworx phones, IP Simple solution, expansive fiber optic network, and
data center services. These agencies will join a growing list of
federal, state and local governments who have trusted Windstream with
their mission-critical communications needs.

"We have a tremendous amount of experience working with the federal
government, and can provide the customized solutions required by
federal agencies," said Mike Magliato, Windstream's vice president of
government solutions. "The technology upgrade Windstream is providing
will allow the GSA Heartland Region to deliver a unified communications
solution consisting of hosted VoIP and data across its four-state
region. We are always proud to work with the GSA and provide its
facilities with affordable solutions that address security concerns."

About GSA Heartland Region:

Headquartered in Kansas City, GSA Heartland Region represents Nebraska,
Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and we take great pride in providing
superior customer service and workplace solutions for our customers. We
currently provide work spaces for about 60,000 federal employees,
managing more than 21.6 million rentable square feet in more than 400
buildings. The heartland region also assists federal agencies acquire
the necessary equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and information
technology to successfully accomplish their mission. In 2010, our sales
totaled about $350 million. We also manage a government vehicle fleet
of 8,500 - 4,394 Ethanol 85 and 230 Electric Hybrids.

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:
Tanja Jameson
501.748.7236
Tanja.jameson@windstream.com

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