Q1 2019

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Welcome to the current installation of the Bluebird Network quarterly newsletter. In each newsletter we bring you the latest updates about Bluebird activities, industry news and upcoming events. We encourage you to check out the information provided within this newsletter, click on the article links, visit our website (simply “click” on the menu tabs above) and share our newsletters with others who may benefit from our information. We thank all our members and customers for their continued support and wish you the best of luck in the coming quarter!

Michael Morey,
President and CEO

An Overview of Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network is a Midwest telecommunications company that provides an efficient and fast fiber-optic network to rural and urban customers throughout the Midwest. Bluebird Network focuses on combining cutting-edge technology and the brightest individuals to deliver high-speed broadband and Internet services, and secure data storage solutions to Enterprise, Carrier and Data Center customers throughout Missouri, Illinois and the surrounding states. Our data center, the Bluebird Underground Data Center located in Springfield, Missouri, is an underground colocation facility that offers hardware and equipment protection from natural and unnatural disasters. For our customers, our services translate to quality, continuity, and performance. At Bluebird Network, we understand that success is all about good connections.

Weldon Springs Press Release

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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — January 15, 2019 — (REPLACE THIS TEXT...PLACEHOLDER ONLY). Bluebird Network, LLC, (“Bluebird” or the “Company”) a Midwest telecommunications company, is being acquired by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (“MIP”) for an undisclosed amount. MIP is a long-term infrastructure investment fund that is managed by the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”) division of Macquarie Group.

MIP has partnered with Uniti Group Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) (“Uniti”) to finance the transaction. Uniti will acquire Bluebird’s fiber network and then lease it back to Bluebird under a long-term lease. As part of the transaction, Bluebird will also acquire Uniti’s Midwestern fiber business and receive a long-term lease over Uniti’s Midwestern fiber network, which consists of approximately 2,500 miles of network predominantly in Illinois. Upon completion of the transactions the two adjacent networks will be combined and operated as one company under the Bluebird name. The Company will be operated by the existing Bluebird management team and employee-base headquartered in Columbia, MO, led by Chief Executive Officer, Michael Morey.

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Uptime DC Article

(PLACEHOLDER TEXT ONLY...TO BE REPLACED) Bluebird Network recognizes the growing need for Internet connectivity, the Internet of Things, social media demands and the constant collection of “big data” for advanced analytics has increased the pressure of change for data centers and how we meet this challenge. Without exception, we must continue to meet the data demand with a guaranteed level of service and cost control. Staying ahead of the data demand is key to staying successful. Forecasting this demand accurately while maintaining the optimal level of service is not easy, but a successful balance between these two necessities results in a high-quality data center.

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Building a Virtual Fiber-to-the-Farm Network

The growing importance of bringing high-speed connectivity to rural markets and beyond

Tier 1 markets have come to rely on high-speed connectivity built upon fiber to remain competitive. Those high-speed connections have become commonplace in major cities, critical industries, and financial markets, creating an opportunity for tier 1 businesses to leverage fiber to build high-speed pipelines to the internet. Yet, the benefits that fiber can bring reach beyond those tier 1 markets, and have the potential to transform underserved, rural communities and small towns plagued by limited connectivity and aging technologies, which are very evident in the agriculture community.

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(THIS IS PLACEHOLDER TEXT...TO BE REPLACED) As internet usage further permeates every aspect of professional and personal life, the internet is often viewed from the perspective of the end user, based on how everyday consumers use the internet to share information, communicate and do other day-to-day activities. However, there are many things going on behind the scenes that make everyday internet usage possible. While consumers may see the internet as a city to visit and explore, Bluebird Network views the internet a little differently: as a system to be improved and maintained. From an engineering and operations standpoint, the internet would function like a series of libraries along a train track: the train track being the network itself and the libraries function as information drop-off and pickup-points that are managed by the consumer. Bluebird Network provides the fiber track and services to allow information to travel between the libraries. To keep the fiber track expanding and operational, Bluebird Network has dedicated staff that manages each aspect of the process. Our Outside Plant team looks for opportunities to expand our fiber ‘track’. Architecture and Engineering teams provide is robust, up-to-date, and expandable fiber ‘track’ technology. Operations team provides 24 x 7 support to fix and maintain a healthy fiber ‘track’ through resiliency, diversity, configuration safeguards and more. While not directly related with the network, Sales, Contract Management, Marketing, and Service Delivery teams are always available to service the needs of the end users themselves, the ‘libraries’. Bluebird Network provides a key role in building the backbone the internet, providing a fiber optic network which can handle any type of internet transactions and activities and maintaining the fundamental ‘track’ that allows internet information to flow freely and reach its final destination.

Metro Connect 2019: Bluebird Network CFO Discusses Midwest Expansion

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3 Ways Technology Transformation Is Shaping Rural Quality of Life

(THIS IS PLACEHOLDER TEXT...TO BE REPLACED) More and more, businesses are recognizing the benefits of virtualization and public and private cloud solutions to host their data and applications while addressing business continuity and disaster recovery. In order to make the most out of this strategy, choosing the right location is key.

Like any real estate investment, choosing the right facility to meet your needs is all about three things: location, location, location. The American Midwest has become a region of choice for colocation and data center investments, offering a cost-effective and reliable alternative to many densely populated coastal regions. Also, being centrally located between both coasts affords an abundance of network connectivity and affordable power, it’s pretty easy to understand why this region continues to develop.

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Igniting the 100G to 400G Service Evolution

With the introduction of 4G and the smartphone, the popularity of the mobile internet has grown exponentially. The demand for bandwidth has been spurred by applications such as video streaming, video calls, real-time mapping, and cloud computing and storage. Data consumption has not only increased for everyday consumers, but on a grand corporate scale ̶ affecting the financial sector, government entities, healthcare and numerous other industries. This growth is also spurred by advancements such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other infant technologies.

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April 28- May 1, 2019

Missouri Association of School Business Officials
Osage Beach, MO
May 6-8, 2019

Big 5G Event
Denver, CO
May 20-22, 2019

Oklahoma Banker’s Association 2019 Leadership Forum and Annual Convention
Oklahoma City, OK
June 9-11, 2019

ITA Annual
Osage Beach, MO
June 10-13, 2019

INDATEL 2019 Business Symposium
St. Paul, MN
June 26-29, 2019

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Corporate HQ
2005 W. Broadway Bldg. A
Suite 215
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 1-573-777-4200
Toll Free: 1-855-BLUEBIRD
Kansas City Office
800 N.W. Chipman Road
Suite 5750
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Phone: 816-361-8821
Toll Free: 888-832-6662
St. Louis Office
10024 Office Center Avenue
Suite 201
St. Louis, Missouri 63128
Phone: 1-314-270-8730
Bluebird Underground
1904 N. LeCompte
Springfield, Missouri 65802
Phone: 1-417-851-0200