Additional Information and Where to Find ItThis communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed merger between Windstream and EarthLink, on December 8, 2016 Windstream filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of Windstream and EarthLink and that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Windstream. The S-4, as amended, was declared effective by the SEC on January 17, 2017 and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus was first mailed to stockholders of Windstream and EarthLink on or about January 25, 2017. Windstream and EarthLink urge investors and shareholders to read the registration statement, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, including the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus that is a part of the registration statement, and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, because they contain or will contain important information. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC's website ( www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Windstream's website ( www.windstream.com/investors). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from EarthLink's website ( www.earthlink.com) under the tab "Investor Relations." Participants in the Merger Solicitation Windstream, EarthLink and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be soliciting proxies from Windstream and EarthLink shareholders in favor of the merger and related matters. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the companies' shareholders in connection with the proposed merger are set forth in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, dated January 23, 2017. You can find information about Windstream's executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 1, 2016. You can find information about EarthLink's executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 15, 2016. You can obtain free copies of these documents from the companies using the website information above.
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