D&E Communications, Inc. is an Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) based in Ephrata, PA. D&E Communications, Inc. has operated as a local exchange carrier since the early 1900s. The company has three business segments, which are: Wireline, Systems Integration, and Corporate (primarily administration).
D&E's wireline segement include its RLEC and CLEC entities. The RLEC provides internet and video operations primarily to residential customers, while the CLEC targets small and medium-sized businesses. The vast majority of D&E's wireline revenue comes from local and long distance telephone services. D&E's RLEC operations can be found in Lancaster, Berks, Lebanon, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh, Union, and Northumberland counties. The company's competitive local services including local dial-tone, long distance, and high speed Internet access in Altoona, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottstown, Reading, State College, and Williamsport, PA.
In addition to providing service, D&E provides equipment that support the design, implementation, and maintenance of a company's data network throught its Systems Integration Unit. These servies including wireless networking, IT support, and security services. D&E markets these products to business customers in its CLEC and RLEC territories.
In May 2009, D&E Communications agreed to be purchased by Windstream Communications for $330 million in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close late 2009 pending FCC approval.