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D&E Communications, Inc.

This Company Is No Longer Active:   Windstream completed its acquisition of D&E Communications in November 2009. The acquired company's ILEC and CLEC markets were assumed by Windstream, with a subsequent reduction of redundant assets and employees to achieve operating synergies.

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.

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