The Windstream PCI assessment was performed by BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc., a globally accredited Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) firm that provides assurance and compliance services to global companies. As a "Level 1-certified" service provider—the highest certification achievable—Windstream can store, process, and/or transmit an unlimited amount of transactions annually. To ensure maintenance of the highest standard of compliance, Windstream will independently scan for network threats and conduct annual audits with BrightLine.

Windstream Hosted Solutions serves a wide range of customers that process customer credit card information including financial services, e-commerce and retail, healthcare and government verticals.

For more information about Windstream Hosted Solutions, visit www.windstreambusiness.com .

About Windstream

Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, 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. For more information, visit www.windstream.com .
CONTACT: Windstream Contact:         Tanja Jameson         501.748.7236         tanja.jameson@windstream.com

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