updated 9/27/2010 12:16:22 PM ET 2010-09-27T16:16:22

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eight finalists have been chosen for Windstream's (Nasdaq:WIN) Iowa Education Connections program which aims to enhance technology at schools and charitable organizations throughout Iowa.

The eight finalists are:

  • Charter Oak-Ute Elementary – Ute
  • Children & Families of Iowa – Des Moines
  • Friends of Fayette Community Library – Fayette
  • Nodaway Valley Elementary – Fontanelle
  • Progress Industries – Newton
  • Schleswig Community School – Schleswig
  • St. Francis Xavier – Dyersville
  • West Delaware Community School District – Manchester

Four winners will be determined based on a public online vote and will share $70,000 to be used for technology or technology upgrades. The school or organization with the most online votes will receive a $25,000 donation. The remaining top three will win $15,000 each. Votes may be cast at http://EduConnect.Windstream.com through Oct. 15. 

Windstream received more than 700 nominations for Iowa Education Connections. Fifty-two schools and 501(c)3 organizations applied for the program. The top eight were chosen based on current technology resources and overall need.

About Windstream

Windstream Corporation is an S&P 500 company with about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services to customers in 23 states. The company also offers a wide range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment to businesses and government agencies. For more information about Windstream, visit www.windstream.com .

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