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ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider and operator of two data centers and more than 11,000 miles of fiber, announces the completion of its 126-fiber-route-mile network build in Illinois, delivering an expanded level of services to the region and taking a huge step forward for the company's strategic vision.

Connecting the Illinois communities of Aurora, Dixon, DeKalb, Sterling and Rock Falls to Bluebird's robust Midwest fiber footprint brings the company's dedicated fiber internet, data center solutions and cloud connectivity services to huge swaths of new customers. The build also provides a diverse route to Chicago bolstering the resiliency of Bluebird's already ultra-reliable fiber network.

"This is an important strategic build for Bluebird Network and I'm incredibly excited about it," says Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. "Our vision is to have a fiber presence in 80% of communities across our 11-state footprint with reach to a population greater than 10,000 people. This expansion across Illinois gets us closer to realizing our vision."

The new route to Chicago also allows Bluebird to offer its data center solutions to more customers in America's third largest metro region while providing existing customers the ability to connect to some of the most important telecommunications hubs in the world.

The past few months have been busy for Bluebird as they're hot off the heels of a company acquisition, adding fiber assets in Southern Missouri; and two builds expanding their network into Salina, Kansas and Waterloo, Iowa.

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Between the projects listed above and ongoing day-to-day fiber construction, Bluebird will have built nearly 290 miles of new owned fiber, connected 441 new on-net buildings, and installed 1,386 additional access points in the past year.

"The new fiber route miles and on-net buildings speak for themselves," adds Jamie Scott, Bluebird Network, Director of Outside Plant. "The large number of access points – locations where we splice new fiber – we added this year, allows our engineering and sales teams to be more flexible and reach more customers throughout our network."

For more information about how Bluebird connects local businesses in the Midwest visit: https://bluebirdnetwork.com/

About Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network is a communications infrastructure provider and data center operator. Since 1999, Bluebird Network, headquartered in Missouri, has provided internet and transport services, via its fiber infrastructure, to Carriers and Enterprises in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, and the surrounding states. Bluebird owns two data centers: an underground facility in Springfield, MO, and a facility in the Quad Cities. Bluebird operates more than 11,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections with over 82,000 on-net and near-net buildings and 160 Points of Presence (PoP) sites spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (MO and IL), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities.

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Contacts

Media Contact for Bluebird Network:

Ilissa Miller, CEO
iMiller Public Relations
Tel: +1 866.307.2510
Email: bluebird@imillerpr.com

Contact for Bluebird Network:
Elliott Gillespie, Senior Vice President of Operations
Bluebird Network
Tel: 816.645.4848
Email: Elliott.Gillespie@bluebirdnetwork.com
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