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Windstream Responds to Oklahoma Charges

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Windstream Responds to Oklahoma Charges15:15 EDT Thursday, August 30, 2012LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq:WIN) today denied bribery and conspiracy allegations contained in an indictment returned by an Oklahoma grand jury. The allegations stem from a customer event that Windstream hosted at the 2007 NCAA Final Four men's basketball championship for business customers, including the Broken Arrow School District. "We have always taken great pride in serving our customers with integrity," said John Fletcher, executive vice president and general counsel for Windstream. "We have cooperated fully in the investigation and will vigorously contest the charges."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. The Windstream Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7044CONTACT: Media Contact: David Avery, 501-748-5876 david.avery@windstream.com