Windstream Wins 5G Spectrum in FCC Auctions to Boost Rural Broadband Speeds

Company will expand availability of high-speed broadband with speeds
up to 1 Gig

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and
technology solutions, today announced that it won spectrum blocks in the
24 GHz and 28 GHz 5G airwaves auctions recently conducted by the Federal
Communications Commission.

Windstream will use this new 5G spectrum to expand the availability of
high-speed broadband, enabling consumers and small and medium-sized
businesses in rural areas to access broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per
second,” said Jeff Small, president of Windstream’s Kinetic business

Windstream will pay a total of $26.6 million for blocks of spectrum in
14 states covering more than 5 million total households, including
approximately 2 million households in locations where Windstream is the
incumbent local exchange carrier. The spectrum and associated
electronics and equipment will be wholly owned by Windstream.

In homes equipped with Gig service, consumers can engage in multiple
bandwidth-intensive activities simultaneously – such as streaming music,
4K video and virtual reality applications and games – without buffering.
For businesses, Gig service enables next-generation network, cloud,
voice, security and business continuity solutions.

Windstream is committed to bringing best-in-class Internet to rural
communities, many in thinly populated areas, across our Kinetic
footprint,” Small said. “We’re using a variety of methods to accomplish
that goal, including software enhancements, fiber expansion, fixed
wireless and now 5G wireless technology in our passionate pursuit to
satisfy our customers’ growing demand for faster broadband speeds.”

About Windstream

Windstream Holdings, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider
of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream
provides data networking, core transport, security, unified
communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and
wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband,
entertainment and security services for consumers and small and
medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services
are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP
network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and
long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional
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statements, including statements about the expected use of 5G spectrum
to expand availability of high-speed broadband with speeds up to 1 Gig,
are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future
events and results to differ materially from those expressed in the
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David Avery, 501-748-5876

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