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Bluebird is very excited to announce the final closing of our acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. With this acquisition, we will be retaining everything our customers love about Bluebird, such as our personalized customer service, high-speed, reliable fiber network and secure data center storage, while expanding our reach into our existing and surrounding states, further cementing Bluebird as a top-of-the-line Midwest telecommunications provider. Bluebird has been providing innovative infrastructure solutions for over 20 years and we are thrilled to continue growing our network to support our loyal customers. Please check out our press release, Frequently Asked Questions, and other information and updates below. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customers and we thank you for continuing to grow with Bluebird Network!

Michael Morey,
President and CEO

BLUEBIRD NEWS
Bluebird Network Expands Fiber Network Through Acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

Enterprise, Carrier and Wireless Operator Customers Benefit from Immediate Midwest Fiber Expansion and Accelerated Growth Trajectory

Bluebird Network is excited to announce that Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP) has completed its acquisition of the company. Through MIPs acquisition, Bluebird will increase its fiber footprint even further, providing greater access to existing customers and reaching out to new service areas. Bluebird remains committed to maintaining its personalized level of service while gaining the capacity to increase the scope of its operations.

The transaction provides Bluebird an immediate 2,500 fiber route mile expansion into Illinois, including the cities of Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities area. Future network builds are planned to connect more communities and achieve greater fiber densification. In addition, the company’s underground colocation facility, the Bluebird Underground Data Center, located in Springfield, Missouri, is undergoing a second major expansion to increase power and available space for customers.


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FAQ

What are the details of the acquisition?
Bluebird Network, LLC (“Bluebird”), is excited to announce the close of its acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (“Macquarie”), a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, one of the world’s leading alternative asset managers. Through this acquisition, Bluebird increased its fiber footprint even further, providing greater access to existing customers and reaching out to new service areas. The transaction provides Bluebird an immediate 2,500 fiber route mile expansion into Illinois, Iowa and Indiana, including the cities of Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities area. Included in this transaction, Bluebird will be acquiring existing customers from Uniti Midwest.

Bluebird remains committed to maintaining its personalized level of service while increasing the scope of its operations. This acquisition strengthens the company’s promise to best serve its customers, providing businesses and communities access to robust, flexible, high-speed transport and internet services.

Who is Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets?
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) is one of the world’s leading alternative asset managers. For more than two decades, MIRA has partnered with investors, governments and communities to manage, develop and enhance assets relied on by more than 100 million people each day. As at March 31, 2019, MIRA managed $US129 billion in assets that are essential to the sustainable development of economies and communities, including; 155 portfolio businesses, ~600 properties and 4.7 million hectares of farmland.

MIRA is a part of Macquarie Asset Management, the asset management arm of Macquarie Group, a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities.

The Bluebird acquisition is the first fiber network investment by MIRA in the United States. Additional information about Macquarie can be found on its website at macquarie.com.


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UNDERGROUND UPDATES
The Bluebird Underground Data Center is currently undergoing its second expansion, based on anticipated future customer requirements, which is due to be completed in late July 2020. Bluebird has both cabinet and custom space available while we grow. This expansion will be adding an additional 4,700 square-feet of white space, a third 2MW generator, another Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system and a 10,000 gallon auxiliary fuel storage tank. Other improvements include:
  • The ability to synchronize all generation for a collective 6 MW of available power
  • A 3rd 1500 kVA utility service
  • Underground load bank/mobile generator connection
  • Two 600 kVA UPS systems located in separate concrete structures
  • Implementation of a full Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform monitoring all critical operations
  • Completely diverse customer power distribution to all existing and new data center buildings
SALES COLUMN
Bluebird Network is committed to providing you, our valued customer, with a seamless, transparent acquisition experience. You will experience no change or interruption of service from the acquisition, and your service, invoicing and trouble reporting all remain the same. What has changed is that Bluebird gained an additional 2,500 fiber route miles in our network to further serve your broadband and internet needs. For additional details, please see the Behind the Network section below as to how our network has changed, and our FAQ above for more information on how the acquisition affected Bluebird’s other operations. You will continue to contact your current Bluebird sales representative with any questions. Our team is standing by to personally address any concerns, questions or thoughts you may have.
BEHIND THE NETWORK
Bluebird added 2,500 fiber route miles to our network, bringing our total fiber route miles to 9,300 and our on-net and near-net building list count to over 50,000. Our network expanded within Illinois and into Iowa and Indiana, including the Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal and Quad Cities areas. In addition to the fiber route miles added through the acquisition, Bluebird recently completed fiber densification projects in Wentzville, Dardenne Prairie, Cottleville and Weldon Spring, Missouri. Similar network builds are planned to connect more communities, including Springfield and Joplin, Missouri, and to achieve greater fiber densification based on this newly acquired fiber. Below is our updated network map, which can be downloaded at BluebirdNetwork.com/Network.


TRADE SHOWS AND EVENTS
October 7, 2019

MOREnet
Osage Beach, MO
October 14-16, 2019

MATSS
Kansas City, MO
October 17, 2019

techITout
Springfield, MO
October 28-30, 2019

NANOG 77
Austin, TX
November 4-6, 2019

INCOMPAS
Louisville, KY
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Springfield, Missouri 65802
Phone: 1-417-851-0200