Data centers are certainly an additional source of monthly recurring revenue. It takes a lot of cash for the HVAC, leases, etc. and that is an attractive value add. It certainly can't hurt to offer colo services as a wholesale product.
I'm not sure how WIN leverages LTE bandwidth, though unless they get into the spectrum game. I know they'll provide the wholesale pipes to carry wireless capacity in their footprint. However, in order to put it in the retail space they have to resell somebody else's service. Those margins stink more than selling their own fiber wholesale.
I think it's fairly obvious that WIN's management doesn't "plan" to cut the dividend. That's kind of like saying that Morgan Stanley didn't "plan" to screw up the FB IPO. However, sometimes things get a bit dicey.
The insider purchases amount to less than 2% of the total insider shares held. Not a big deal considering the size of the total pot.
Management does indeed send a shot of confidence out there when they do something like this but this could be a "all hands on deck" rallying cry. You can't yell at the employees to pick up the pace without putting some skin in the game too. Since senior management is fairly useless when it comes to day-to-day operations, their role is to motivate markets and that's where the insider buy comes in.
The key is not whether or not Gardner buys shares but whether or not he's put in place, through organic hire and mergers and acquisitions, the right people to transform this company from a creaky, subsidized, wireline LEC to a high speed, low drag, broadband business competitor. While he's pointing people in the right direction he's got to manage $9B in debt, a huge demand on capex, regulatory rules that have put downward pressure on subsidies, cutthroat broadband wireless competition and a legacy customer base jumping ship.