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Bluebird Network Expands Coverage of Missouri Schools with High-Speed Connectivity


Five new school districts select Bluebird Network for quality, speed,
and reliability of rural Internet service

, a Midwest regional telecommunications company, continues to
expand coverage to Missouri schools by adding five new school districts
as customers. Students at all schools in the districts will gain access
to fast, reliable internet access from Bluebird to benefit from the
growing wealth of online educational resources.

More than 92,000 students in 76 school districts are currently supported
by Bluebird, making it the second largest broadband provider to public
schools in the state of Missouri. Bluebird works with school districts
on their high-speed data connectivity requirements that keep rural
students and faculty connected to digital learning advancements. As an
e-rate approved vendor, Bluebird works with those school districts
eligible for funding through the Universal
Service Administrative Company
(USAC), a non-profit corporation
created to help schools and libraries in the United States obtain
affordable telecommunications and internet access, or directly with
those school districts not within the e-rate eligibility structure.

"Bluebird Network has provided excellent network service to our rural
school district," said Dr. Ritchie Kracht, Superintendent of Clark
County R-1 School District. "We are pleased with the quality of service
we receive from Bluebird, from the speed of our service to how our
network is reliable now because of Bluebird's reliability. Everyone we
have worked with from quote to install has been very professional. They
were very timely in answering all our questions and have been very
pleasant to work with."

In addition to educational institutions, Bluebird provides high-speed
fiber optic services to healthcare facilities, mobile switching towers
and other enterprise and carrier customers across the Midwest.

"Bluebird Network is committed to providing the same level of service to
our customers, regardless of location," said Michael Morey, President
and CEO of Bluebird Network. "High-speed connectivity has become a
necessity within the modern education system and all students deserve
equal access to the educational opportunities provided by digital

Bluebird serves rural and metropolitan communities and continues to
expand its network, recently installing its first customer-facing 100G
circuits, and with plans to move toward a 400G network in the future.
Bluebird's fiber optic infrastructure also facilitates connectivity with
the Bluebird Underground Data Center, an underground collocation space
located in Springfield, Missouri.

To learn more about Bluebird Network, please visit

About Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by
integrating Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance, and Illinois
Network Alliance. In 2014, an underground data center was acquired and
created Bluebird Underground, adding a data center facility to the
Bluebird suite of services. Today, the network has over 6,500 fiber
route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections. The
Bluebird fiber network also has over 135 Points of Presence (POP) sites
spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis,
Kansas City, Springfield, Tulsa, Omaha, Des Moines, and Memphis. To
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