Articles By: Tony Thomas

President and CEO

About Tony

Tony Thomas has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry. He was instrumental in the development of Windstream’s REIT spinoff and served as president of real estate investment trust operations and CFO. During his 5 year tenure as CFO, he completed 7 acquisitions totaling more than $5.6B in transaction value. Thomas also has deep capital market expertise, having led almost $10B in debt transactions. Thomas joined Windstream as controller following Windstream’s spinoff from Alltel Corp. He held a variety of financial and operational leadership roles at Alltel. Before entering the communications industry, he was with Ernst & Young in their telecom practice. He holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s in accountancy from the University of Illinois.

Let’s Co-operate on Broadband Deployment
In our industry, it’s easy to ‘geek out’ over the latest technology while taking for granted what many Americans are still waiting for: reliable and affordable broadband access. Certainly, better technologies, improved delivery systems and...
Equilibrium Restored
This past summer was off to a dizzying start as telecommunications providers split on the matter of unbundled network elements (UNEs) pricing. On one side, the big Telcos argued that the FCC should let incumbent...
Summer Cool Down, Autumn Showdown
The FCC has wisely extended the comment deadline on big telcos’ proposal to change the rules on providing UNEs to competitors at wholesale prices. This delay imposes a much-needed ‘cooling off’ period for parties on...
Apples, Oranges and Then There’s Reality
The telecommunications industry is not unlike many other industries in the sense that we like to ‘prove’ our position by quoting a study that validates it. The problem is that it’s relatively easy to find...
The Battle Behind the Scenes
Let’s face it, most of us don’t pay that much attention to what the FCC is doing. They deal in the realms of complex technology policy issues that just don’t seem all that relevant –...
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