Exhibit 99(a)

Windstream reports fourth-quarter results, reaffirms commitment to $1 annual dividend

Business service revenues were $917 million, a 3 percent increase year-over-year
Consumer broadband service revenues were $116 million, a 5 percent increase year-over-year
Total business and consumer broadband revenues now represent 70 percent of total revenues
Total revenues and sales were $1.54 billion, a decline of 2 percent year-over-year
Adjusted OIBDA was $619 million, an increase of 2 percent year-over-year

Release date: Feb. 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq: WIN) grew total business and consumer broadband revenues while delivering improved profitability in the fourth quarter. Total business and consumer broadband revenues now represent 70 percent of the company's total revenues.

“Windstream continues to produce substantial free cash flow that enables us to invest in our business and reduce our debt while continuing to pay our $1 annual dividend,” said Jeff Gardner, president and CEO. “Our management team and the board of directors unanimously support continuing the dividend at its current rate because we believe it is the best way to create value for our shareholders.

“We made significant progress on key initiatives in 2012 that will further strengthen our business going forward. I am particularly proud of our team's accomplishments in navigating the multi-year impact of regulatory reform and evolving consumer preferences while maintaining solid operating cash flow.”
  
2012 Accomplishments

Windstream accomplished important objectives in 2012 as it continued its transformation to an enterprise-focused provider of communications and technology services. During the year, the company achieved significant milestones in integrating PAETEC, strengthening its balance sheet and improving its cost structure while investing in strategic capital initiatives and growing strategic revenue.

Reflecting the successful shift in Windstream's focus, business service revenues were $917 million in the fourth quarter on a pro forma basis and $3.6 billion for the year, an increase of 3 percent year-over-year for both the fourth quarter and the year.

Total enterprise customers, who generate $750 or more in revenue per month, grew 6 percent in the fourth quarter year-over-year. Average service revenue per business customer per month was approximately $390, a 7 percent increase from the same period a year ago, underscoring Windstream's ability to build profitable relationships with clients who have complex communications and information technology needs.

2013 Priorities

Windstream's goal remains to produce substantial and sustainable free cash flow to provide long-term support for its dividend. To that end, in 2013, the company is focused on investing in the business channel to increase revenue and profitability, completing the fiber-to-the-tower and broadband stimulus initiatives and further deleveraging the balance sheet.

“We plan to make targeted investments in the business channel this year to drive sales, profitability and improve the customer experience,” Gardner said. “We expect to substantially complete our capital investments related to our fiber-to-the-tower projects and broadband stimulus initiatives. We also expect to further improve our balance sheet by directing excess free cash flow - after our dividend - to debt repayment.”




The following information was filed by Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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