Q2 2018

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Welcome to the first Bluebird Network quarterly newsletter. This newsletter is designed with you, our customer in mind, so that we may update you with information about the latest Bluebird activities, what is happening in our industry, upcoming events, and other important news. To get started, we’ve provided a brief overview of Bluebird Network. 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 look forward to sharing our news with you each 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.
Bluebird Network Announces Its First 100G Services
Network Upgrade Is in Response to Increased Customer Demand for High-Capacity Broadband

Bluebird Network, has built its first customer-facing 100G diverse circuits. The customer circuits, totaling 200G overall, will be installed along two existing fiber routes from a metropolitan center to a rural area of Missouri. Installation on the circuits has been completed.

“The deployment of customer-facing 100G services shows how the growing need for high-capacity broadband is increasing as more devices require high-speed connections,” states Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. “Bluebird Network had the foresight to upgrade our network to be 100G capable so that when the customer need arose, Bluebird could respond and deliver the service to the customer quickly.”

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Digging Deep for Data Center Optimization
By Todd Murren, General Manager, Bluebird Network

Given the current proliferation of Big Data analytics and the advent of IoT, the stakes are high for colocation customers seeking storage and compute solutions for increasingly massive quantities of data. To remain competitive, these organizations look to obtain the services of a colocation provider whose facility is highly secure, reliable and scalable — all at a price point that won’t break the bank. A tall order, but with the proper data center optimization strategy, colocation providers can meet the needs of new and existing customers, delivering ample space and power as well as resiliency and security while minimizing costs.

For some of the most successful colocation providers, the answer resides underground. By deploying a facility beneath the Earth’s surface, data center operators have the ability to provide customers with a wide range of enhanced offerings, including added security and resiliency as well as lower energy consumption.

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Bluebird Network Announces Expansion of Its Fiber-Optic Network
Adding 45 Fiber Route Miles, Network Expansion Will Connect to Industrial Areas Within the St. Louis Metropolitan Region

Bluebird Network will be adding 45 fiber route miles in the St. Louis metropolitan area and St. Charles County, specifically within Clayton, Wentzville, and Weldon Springs, Missouri. The new network build, which is scheduled to begin in May 2018, is projected to be completed before the end of Q4 2018. Bluebird Network provides fiber to rural and urban areas, connecting major Midwest cities such as Kansas City, Chicago, Tulsa, Springfield, and St. Louis. The new network expansion will focus on connecting industrial areas within the St. Louis metropolitan area, providing reliable, high bandwidth, carrier-class Internet and data services delivered over a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network. Bluebird Network serves carrier and enterprise customers, connecting to wireless towers, government and public safety institutions, as well as healthcare centers and other facilities.

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Network Trends for the Future: The Path and the Vehicle
By James Taylor, Director of Carrier Services, Bluebird Network

As our communications infrastructure continues to expand to pacify consumers growing wants and needs, the nation’s primary mode of transmission has migrated more heavily to the fiber optic network. As development in hardware and software technologies have expanded network capacities, consumers and businesses have become enthralled with the need for speed.

There are several technology trends that will continue to fuel the fire that leads to communications innovation. The keys to growth will be contingent upon two things: the pathway and the vehicle.

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C Level Secrets
An interview with Michael Morey, Bluebird's CEO

What is FirstNet?
Simply put FirstNet is the first nationwide, high-speed broadband network dedicated to public safety – our First Responders Network. This initiative grew out of the public safety community’s commitment to, and advocacy for, a dedicated network to address the communication challenges faced during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Consider the importance communication has in public safety. When an emergency arises, instincts kick in and you depend on the ability to contact the folks you need and depend on; that’s where the FirstNet infrastructure comes in.

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President Trump unveils infrastructure plan
President Trump has consistently emphasized that the nation’s infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and modernized; the need for broadband deployment in rural areas is included in this rebuild plan. On February 12, 2018, President Trump unveiled his lnfrastructure Initiative, outlining the framework for how he intends to fund this $1.5 trillion plan, and how that money would be divided. The reforms as set forth in President Trump’s plan are intended to strengthen the economy and make America more competitive. The importance of broadband infrastructure development in rural America is paramount to helping the president’s vision become a success.

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The State of 5G: When It's Coming, How Fast It Will Be & the Sci-Fi Future It Will Enable
Although 5G may seem like just another generational upgrade for mobile networks, touting more speed and less latency than previous iterations, the years-long migration will require an expansion of cellular networks worldwide to include millions of new antennas that will become the backbone of IoT (Internet of Things) and its billions of sensor-laden devices, from smart dust to smart cars.

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Gartner’s Top 2018 Trends Impacting Data Center Infrastructure & Operations
Gartner’s world-class data center conference was held once again during the first week of December at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. And once again it exceeded everyone’s imagination, drawing over 2,500 attendees with over 40% participating for the first time. Over the last several years, Gartner has expanded the “Granddaddy” of all data center conferences to include IT infrastructure and operations management (or I&O) content along with the historical data center infrastructure information that the conference started with many years ago.

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The Cloud Goes Underground
Extreme weather, seismic events and even rodents have compromised the physical security of cloud servers and other data center infrastructure. Selecting an underground colocation facility with above industry standards provides the solution to these and other threats.

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July 29 - August 1,, 2018

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August 26-29, 2018

Branson, MO
September 10-13, 2018

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September 5-6, 2018

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