EarthLink is an IT services, network and communications provider headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company serves more than 150,000 businesses and 1 million U.S. consumers. On November 7, 2016, Windstream Holdings announced a merger with Earthlink for about $1.1 billion in stock. The combined company, which will retain the Windstream name, will be headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. EarthLink was formed in 1994. As of November 2016, it was promoting two service groups: Residential Solutions and Business Solutions. Business Solutions sells communications, IT and virtualization, cloud computing, IT security, colocation, hosted applications and support services. The company owns and operates a U.S. network including 29,421 route miles of fiber, 90 metro fiber rings, and eight data centers. The group reports having more than 150,000 customers.