Windstream is a telecom provider that offers phone and broadband services to consumers in 18 U.S. states, primarily in rural areas, and other communications services to enterprises throughout the United States. In 2015, the firm spun most of its fiber and copper assets into a newly created entity, Uniti. Windstream concurrently executed a 15-year lease for exclusive use of those assets, and it holds up to four five-year renewal options. Windstream’s network is concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S., but it has long-haul routes that reach the West Coast. Windstream no longer has any ownership interest in Uniti.