Q4 2019

      
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Welcome

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. As a reminder, Bluebird Network has recently been acquired; please visit BluebirdNetwork.com for more information. We thank all our employees 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, Iowa 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.

BLUEBIRD NEWS
Bluebird Network to Acquire Illinois Network Alliance LLC

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — Bluebird Network LLC, a Midwest telecommunications company, is excited to announce the signing of a Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of Illinois Network Alliance (INA). This integration of INA under Bluebird ownership will bring even greater cohesion and operational efficiencies to the Bluebird portfolio of services.

With a continued strategic focus on the Midwest, the acquisition will empower Bluebird to further strengthen its fiber services and high-bandwidth network solutions for cell towers, hospitals, schools, government facilities and other businesses. While Bluebird has always served as manager of INA, this new ownership role will enable Bluebird to strategically expand its capabilities and offerings between INA and other Bluebird infrastructures. Both respective networks will be grown together and expanded further into new and underserved areas. Bluebird will maintain its dedicated level of personalized customer service while expanding through the acquisition and subsequent fiber build-outs.


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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Illinois Network Alliance Acquisition by Bluebird Network

What is being acquired?
Bluebird Network (“Bluebird”) has signed an Equity Purchase Agreement (“EPA”) for the acquisition of Illinois Network Alliance (“INA”).

Who is Illinois Network Alliance?
INA is owned by a collection of telecommunications companies located throughout Illinois. Previously, Bluebird managed INA under the Bluebird brand name, empowering them to connect to each other, to the internet and to its customer base. With this acquisition, Bluebird will now be taking direct ownership of all customers and the network.


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Bluebird Announces Its Midwest Data Center Expansion

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, is excited to announce a major expansion of its Bluebird Underground Data Center in Springfield, Missouri. This expansion is to serve the rapidly growing enterprise and cloud service customer base.

Over 11,500 square feet of additional white space is being added, increasing the data center to over 29,000 square feet of white space. In addition, significant mechanical, electrical and generation capabilities are included, bringing the 85 ft-deep underground data center to full Tier 3 capabilities.


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Bluebird Network Welcomes Carla Cooper as Chief Financial Officer


COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — Bluebird Network, LLC, a provider of fiber transport and internet services and owner of an underground data center, welcomes Carla Cooper as its new Chief Financial Officer. Cooper will play a key role in the strategic direction of Bluebird and will oversee all aspects of finance. She is a versatile leader bringing three decades of experience across various industries and is dedicated to supporting the vision, values and culture that leads to success.

Cooper previously served Fidelity Communications Co. as the Vice President of Finance/CFO and Director of Regulatory Accounting. She provided oversight for finance and revenue planning and was part of a dynamic team that delivered strategic direction to Fidelity.


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UNDERGROUND UPDATES
Bluebird Network Takes Data Center Services Underground: The Latest Trends Shaping the Data Center Market

Todd Murren is the General Manager of the Bluebird Underground Data Center, which is owned by Bluebird Network. a Midwestern fiber-based telecommunications company. The combination of these two capabilities offers the Enterprise, Hosting, and Cloud Service providers a truly unique solution to either address their business needs or layer onto their service capabilities. Todd has 37 years of experience involved with the operational and marketing aspect of both fiber networks and computing center operations.

We had the privilege of gaining insight from Todd about hot trends within the data center market and how Bluebird uniquely accommodates the needs of the evolving market.


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BEHIND THE NETWORK
Voice, video and data communications are important to operating almost any type of business, whether the transmission is flowing across the street or across the state. If you need to communicate in a timely and secure manner, then a dedicated circuit from Bluebird that offers end-to-end connectivity is right for your business. Bluebird Network provides direct Cloud Access to our customers through our partnership with Megaport, giving you easy access to all your cloud-based information and communication at high speeds.

Bluebird Network connects from the customer directly to Megaport, and Megaport connects directly from Megaport to a variety of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud and IBM Cloud. Bluebird provides a direct connection to the CSP, completely bypassing the need to access the public internet and giving customers private, reliable access. Customers will start by choosing their preferred Cloud Service Provider so that Bluebird may start the process of establishing a direct connection. Bluebird Network works with Megaport to establish the direct connection between the Bluebird Network customer and the CSP through Megaport. The customer provides CSP specific information to Bluebird Network to establish virtual cross-connect. After this simple set up process, customers can maintain a direct relationship to their CSP. Please contact Sales@BluebirdNetwork.com for further information.
CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL
Ryan Stack, CIO of SRC Manufacturing

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ENTERPRISE APPRECIATION
Schools Turn to Fiber to Secure and Customize Digital Education Technologies

In 2016, the United Nations defined internet access a human right due to the essential nature of its function in accessing or exchanging information. Some consider it a luxury. Realistically, the global number of connected devices is expected to reach 75.44 billion by 2025. At this pace, children in 2019 will need high-capacity broadband and digital educational opportunities to learn how to function successfully as adults in an increasingly connected world.

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INDUSTRY CHATTER
Achieving Ubiquitous Opportunity with Capable Networks: Empowering Healthcare IT for the Rural and Underserved

Technology holds massive potential to revolutionize the way healthcare and medicine is delivered to patients on a global scale. While the challenges of healthcare (e.g., high costs, inefficiencies, data security and management, and accessibility) remain an obstacle, telehealth gives us a glimpse into the next-generation world of wellness, allowing for new avenues of value delivery on all sides.


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Building Capable Networks for The Content Delivery Era: How Streaming Impacts The Future Of Telecom

In recent years, the way content is created and consumed has fundamentally shifted. The meteoric rise of streaming and online content provided by OTT (Over-the-Top) entities — such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Youtube — is redefining requirements throughout the technology, telecom and end-user spheres. As a predominant facet of expanding bandwidth requirements, video streaming capabilities are putting pressure on players across the telecommunications industry to reconfigure their network strategies. While plenty of opportunities exist in this new world of content, if telecom operators fail to figure out a way to successfully deliver the necessary capacity, they risk falling behind and ultimately losing their edge.


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TRADE SHOWS AND EVENTS
February 25-27, 2020

MO Bankers Technology Conference
Osage Beach, MO
March 16-18, 2020

WISPAmerica
Dallas, TX
April 2, 2020

Columbia Chamber Business Showcase
Columbia, MO
April 26-29, 2020

MO Association of School Business Officials
Osage Beach, MO
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