updated 3/10/2011 2:48:27 PM ET 2011-03-10T19:48:27

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN) announced today the launch of two homepage portals for residential and small business customers. Windstream.net and Windstreambusiness.net each offer customers one website to go to for e-mail, news, sports, weather, entertainment, search, and more.

Both portals offer customers a richer online experience by giving them the ability to customize content and create their own personalized homepage as well as access to e-mail, news, entertainment, travel information, weather, and video.

Features include:

  • Easy access to all e-mail accounts in one location
  • Personalization that allows subscribers to access their preferred content and services
  • News specific to businesses, technology, and current events
  • Access to TV, video, and movie information and entertainment
  • Quick action tools that allow users to track packages, book travel, check stocks and connect to social media
  • A resource center with user manuals and product guides for Windstream services

The new windstream.net and windstreambusiness.net are powered by Synacor, a market leader providing personalized homepages and online entertainment services for high-speed Internet subscribers. These personalized homepages are designed as branded entry points for Windstream's subscribers to begin consuming Internet-based services and features. The integrated single sign-on process allows Synacor to securely identify and authenticate subscribers, so that Windstream can serve targeted features and localized information, further encouraging subscriber usage.

"The Synacor platform enriches our broadband offerings, allowing us to seamlessly expand our online services to our customers," said Ric Crane, Windstream Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Our relationship with Synacor will position us well to deliver more value to our consumers online."

"We are confident that Windstream's new residential and business homepages will delight subscribers looking to consolidate and tailor their online experience," said Synacor CEO, Ron Frankel. "With a focus on personalization and online entertainment, Synacor's technology supports Windstream in a seamless transition to expand their range of interactive services."

For more information about Windstream's converged communication solutions, or any of Windstream's next-generation data services, visit www.windstreambusiness.com . For the latest news, events and information on advanced communication services, follow @WindstreamBiz on Twitter or Windstream Business on Facebook and WindstreamBiz on YouTube. Visit the Windstream Business Blog for telecom industry trends and tips on improving your business communications.

Information on Windstream's residential products and services, including the Lifetime Price Guarantee, can be found at www.windstream.com . Windstream also is connecting and engaging with residential customers at Windstream Communications on Facebook, @Windstream on Twitter, WindstreamComm on YouTube and on The Stream Blog.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq:WIN), headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 communications and technology provider with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company also delivers broadband, digital phone and high-definition TV services to residential customers primarily located in rural areas and operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles. For more information about Windstream, visit www.windstream.com.

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About Synacor

Synacor powers personalized homepages and online entertainment services reaching over 25 million high-speed Internet subscribers worldwide. Its stable of cable, telecom, and satellite providers utilizes Synacor's best-of-breed technology solutions to deliver the next generation of video, news, gaming and other content and services across multiple digital platforms. Synacor's innovative technology platforms enable its partners to quickly adapt to the evolving online landscape, driving consumer engagement and generating new revenues through search, content distribution, advertising, value-added services, and e-commerce. Synacor is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. For more information please visit www.synacor.com.

CONTACT:  Media Contact:
          Windstream
          Alice Hartnett
          704-845-7381
          alice.hartnett@windstream.com
 
          Aly Gibson
          LaunchSquad for Synacor
          (212) 564-3665
          synacor(at)launchsquad(dot)com

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