Michael C. Morey
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Morey has been serving as President and CEO of Bluebird Network since 2012.With more than 34 years of telecommunications experience, Morey has served as President & CEO of Voxitas, Senior Vice President at NuVox, Regional Vice President of Electric Lightwave, Inc. and held various management positions within his 13 years at AT&T. During his tenure at Bluebird Network, the company has more than doubled in size and was named as one of the fastest growing companies in Missouri in 2015. Morey’s experience and strong management skills proved successful when Bluebird Network received INC 5000 in 2013 and 2014 as one of the fastest growing private companies nationally. Voxitas also received INC 5000 recognition in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors of INDATEL and the Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association. Morey earned a BS and MBA while attending the University of Southern California.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bach was on the ground floor of the Bluebird Media start-up serving as its CFO. In that capacity, he ensured compliance of a $45 million federal grant; plus, he lead and managed the $110 million merger with Missouri Network Alliance (MNA). He continues in the position of CFO for Bluebird Network where his knowledge of the company has helped create and execute a strong business plan. He oversees all aspects of the financial and accounting functions of the business and communicates his strategic vision with the board of directors and executive management team. Acting as one of the lead negotiators, his financial expertise led to the successful acquisition of the Bluebird Underground data center. Along with Mr. Bach's 15+ years of experience in public and private auditing and accounting, he brings his uncompromising integrity and high ethical standards to Bluebird Network.
Stephen M. Crane
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Crane was named Chief Operating Officer in August, 2013, after serving as Vice President of Engineering & Operations for Bluebird Network since 2010. He has 30 years of telecommunication experience that includes work at MCI Telecommunications, Sprint, and Aerial Communications/VoiceStream Wireless/T-Mobile. He has a comprehensive technical understanding of network design, planning and systems engineering. His knowledge and expertise was proven after he served as one of the lead negotiators for the acquisition of the Bluebird Underground data center. With his leadership, Bluebird Underground successfully completed the first phase of its planned expansion, allowing the facility to keep up with the increasing demand for data center services and maintain 100% uptime during construction. Mr. Crane has a diverse background in wireless, local, long distance and broadband technologies that prepare him for the complexities of the converging telecommunications industry and the expansion of the network demand.
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For the 3rd Time, Bluebird Network Achieves Recognition on the Inc. 5000 list
For the 3rd Time, Bluebird Network Achieves Recognition on the Inc. 5000 list,
Ranking No. 4142 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 66%
NEW YORK, August 24, 2016 – Inc. magazine ranked Bluebird Network NO. 4142 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
“We are honored to have received this recognition for the 3rd year and I am extremely proud of our employees for making this possible,” said Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network.
The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 23) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.
"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”
About Bluebird Network:
Bluebird Network, LLC, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance, Illinois Network Alliance and the Bluebird Underground Data Center. This integration created a leading Midwest telecommunications company that provides 6,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities and a data center in Springfield, Mo. Bluebird fiber network has over 127 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. Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Services, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States. To learn more, please visit www.bluebirdnetwork.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
About Inc. Media:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com. The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.
Michael Morey Elected to INDATEL Board of Directors
Schneider Electric Bluebird Network Unveil Expanded Underground Data Center
Bluebird Network Recognized as One of Missouri's Fastest Growing Companies
Bluebird Underground Expansion to Break Ground
Bluebird Network Spreads Their Wings to Preserve Namesake
Indiana Fiber Network, LLC Establishes Interconnection with Bluebird Network, LLC at Cermak in Chicago
City Utilities Sells Underground Data Center to Bluebird Network
City Utilities Sells Underground Data Center to Bluebird Network, LLC
SpringNet Underground now Bluebird Underground
SPRINGFIELD, MO – December 5, 2014 – SpringNet, a division of City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, and Bluebird Network, LLC, a Columbia, Mo. regional telecommunications company, announce the sale of SpringNet Underground to Bluebird Network. The underground data center located in Northwest Springfield will now be Bluebird Underground, LLC.
Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network stated, “The favorable reputations of our organizations provide the foundation required to quickly earn the trust of existing and new customers. It’s this same commitment which will foster a positive transition and provide operational confidence going forward.” Mr. Morey also commented, “Bluebird understands the importance of expanding the data center from its existing 56,000 square feet, and has pro-actively created its next step preparations for the data center build-out, which will result in new growth and employees in the data center.” The addition of the data center complements Bluebird’s existing service portfolio.
“SpringNet Underground has been a successful business venture for SpringNet and City Utilities. However, when faced with the need for expansion and weighing the cost options, we feel that this divestiture is the best option for the utility and our customers,” says Scott Miller, General Manager - City Utilities of Springfield. “During the transition phase, our staff will work with Bluebird Network to support the customers as we have since SpringNet Underground was developed and want to remind our customers that this only impacts the data colocation center of SpringNet, and not the overall broadband business.”
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating three companies; Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA, est. 1999) and Illinois Network Alliance (INA, est. 2009), and with the purchase of the SpringNet Underground Data Center, now includes Bluebird Underground. This integration creates a leading Midwest telecommunications company that provides 6,000 route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities and a data center in Springfield, Mo. Bluebird fiber network has over 100 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, Omaha, Des Moines, and Memphis. Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Group, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States. To learn more, please visit www.bluebirdnetwork.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
City Utilities of Springfield (CU) is a progressive, community-owned utility serving southwest Missouri with electricity, natural gas, water, broadband and transit services. CU’s 110,000 customers enjoy electricity prices among the lowest in the United States, the convenience of one bill for all utilities, and dependable hometown services delivered with a personal touch.
Sue Schaefer Patricia Dierking
Bluebird Network City Utilities of Springfield, Mo.
Culver Students Return to Faster Internet
C-SC Implements Major Internet Upgrades
CANTON, Mo.¬–– Culver-Stockton College has just more than tripled the capacity of its Internet connection with the installation of a gigabit/second connection to the Internet. This new 1000-megabit connection from Bluebird Networks was completed this week after the installation of a fiber optic cable to the College.
“Students at Culver-Stockton College not only use the Internet for study, research and homework, but now more frequently use the connection for entertainment purposes such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and other network streaming applications,” said Joe Liesen, executive director of administrative systems and services.
This new connection comes at the perfect time for Culver-Stockton College because increased enrollment translates to increased Internet usage. Between administrative uses and student needs, peak Internet hours at the College go from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. To accommodate the various needs of the community, the College has also added a high-tech Internet bandwidth management device so that the bandwidth can be prioritized and distributed equally.
“We are excited about being able to provide students with the latest tools and technology for academic and entertainment purposes,” said Liesen. “We believe we have taken another critical step in providing our students an amount of that few area educational institutions can provide.”
Gigabit Internet speeds are not commonly available in the area, with the closest available location being Kansas City.
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Bluebird Network sponsors Broadband Telemedicine Summit
Bluebird Network- A major sponsor of the inaugural Broadband Telemedicine Summit in St. Louis
COLUMBIA, MO, May 13, 2013 – Bluebird Network recently committed to being a major sponsor for the Broadband Telemedicine Summit in St. Louis on May 20, 2013. The event is being coordinated by Broadband Illinois and MoBroadbandNow, a key partner and supporter of Bluebird Network.
Michael C. Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network will serve as a member of a panel at the summit. Morey will be speaking about the importance of high-speed broadband for healthcare professionals in the medical industry.
"Bluebird Network believes it is essential to offer dependability, security and flexibility to support the sophisticated network requirement for emerging healthcare technology applications. High-speed broadband enables healthcare providers to use electronic health records, online patient communications, electronic prescriptions and real-time video conferencing," Morey said.
The inaugural conference will bring together broadband and telecommunication enthusiasts, telemedicine experts and healthcare professionals to discuss emerging technologies, needs, solutions and changes with the emergence of new telehealth and telemedicine services.
"As telemedicine becomes more prominent in today's society, Bluebird Network strives to provide high-speed broadband to hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other health care providers in order to improve patient care," Morey said. "The Broadband Telemedicine Summit is an important event that will bring together the leading figures in telemedicine to create an action plan in improving telemedicine practices."
At the summit, leaders from Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas will discuss and create an action plan which will include key steps for stimulating telemedicine practices in these states.
The Broadband Telemedicine Summit will be held at the Busch Student Center in St. Louis, Missouri on May 20, 2013. To learn more about the summit and to register to attend, please visit www.broadbandtelemedicine.eventbrite.com.
About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating three companies: Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), and Illinois Network Alliance (INA). This integration created a leading Missouri and Illinois telecommunications company that provides 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities. Currently, the Bluebird fiber network has over 100 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest and includes POPs in the core cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Additionally, Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Group, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States. For more information, visit us at BluebirdNetwork.com.
About the Summit Organizers
Broadband Illinois promotes opportunities that high-speed internet offers for jobs, education, energy efficiency, healthcare, public safety, agriculture and government. They collect and publish telecom maps and information, collaborate with internet providers and economic development officials for deployment, and educate individuals and organizations on how to effectively use broadband. Officially known as the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, they are a Springfield-based 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. Learn more at http://broadbandillinois.org.
MoBroadbandNow is a public-private initiative of multiple cooperative partners committed to expanding broadband accessibility. Governor Jay Nixon established MoBroadbandNow to facilitate the integration of broadband and information technology into state and local economies. Broadband connectivity is a crucial element to Missouri remaining globally competitive in the 21st century.
The Governor's original goal was to increase broadband accessibility from its 2009 level of 79 % to 95% by the end of 2014; however, MoBroadbandNow reached this goal 2 years ahead of schedule. Currently, 97% of Missourians have broadband accessibility, including 90% of rural Missourians. Ensuring all segments of Missouri's population are connected to high-speed data service goes beyond accessibility to include adoption, affordability, speed, choice, and usage. Visit www. MoBroadbandNow.com.
Bluebird Network Ranks No. 3699 on 2013 Inc. 500/5000
Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of America'sFastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc.500|5000
Bluebird Network Ranks No. 3699 on the|2013 Inc. 500|5000 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 80%
NEW YORK, August 22, 2013 -- Inc. magazine today ranked Bluebird Network NO. 3699 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Bluebird Network joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW, and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year's list.
Bluebird Network also received recognition as a Top 100 Missouri company (#42), as well as a Top 100 Telecommunications Company (#95). Bluebird Network joins four other Mid-Missouri area businesses on the list: Buchroeder's Fine Jewelers, JobFinders Employment Services and True Media, located in Columbia, and Pro Food Systems located in Holts Summit. The winners will be recognized at the 32nd Annual Inc. 500/5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony on October 10-12, 2013 in Washington D.C.
"Bluebird Network is extremely honored to be included on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 2013. Our company's customer-driven goal of delivering the fastest possible broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities and the dedicated, talented, and never-let-up attitude that is embodied in Bluebird's staff, keeps us growing. Don't look for Bluebird to slow down," said Michael C. Morey, CEO at Bluebird Network.
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year's list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.
"Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy," says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference
Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 500|5000 honorees and the list's alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us October 10–12, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. For more information about the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register call 866-901-3205Call: 866-901-3205.
About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating three companies: Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), and Illinois Network Alliance (INA). This integration created a leading Missouri and Illinois telecommunications company that provides 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities. Currently, the Bluebird fiber network has over 100 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest and includes POPs in the core cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Additionally, Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Group, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States. For more information, visit us at www.BluebirdNetwork.com.
Bluebird Chooses Digital Realty's Property in Downtown St. Louis for Network Hub
Bluebird Network Chooses Digital Realty's 210 N. Tucker Property in Downtown St. Louis for Network Hub
210 N. Tucker to Provide Critical Infrastructure and Power for Growth of Bluebird Network's Broadband Services in the Midwest
Company Release - 03/26/2012 07:00
SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, has signed a long-term lease agreement with Bluebird Network for Powered Base Building® space in Digital Realty's 210 N. Tucker property in St. Louis, Missouri. Bluebird Network (www.bluebirdnetwork.com) provides fiber optic services in Missouri, Illinois, and surrounding states. Bluebird operates the merged networks of Missouri Network Alliance, Illinois Network Alliance, and Bluebird Media. Bluebird Network will build out its own dedicated data center facility within its leased space at the 210 N. Tucker property, which will support its network of over 5000 route miles providing broadband services to rural and underserved communities.
"Working with Digital Realty allows us to move ahead quickly on this data center project," said Michael Morey, President and CEO at Bluebird Network. "The new improvements to the property, including additional power, enhanced infrastructure and connectivity, combined with its central business district location offers us everything we need to support our company's growth as well as provide excellent service to our customers."
"We are proud to be working with Bluebird Network on this critical regional project, and we look forward to being its long-term data center partner," said Glenn Benoist, Vice President, Portfolio Management at Digital Realty. "The improvements we have made at 210 N. Tucker over the past year have been significant and have made it one of the most desirable data center properties in the Midwest thanks to its ample power, enhanced infrastructure, low utility rates, extensive connectivity and excellent operations team. It is an ideal location for companies like Bluebird Network that are building out their computing and network infrastructure in Missouri."
Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, 210 N. Tucker is an 18-story building that offers over 300,000 square feet of space and the design flexibility that customers need to support their unique data center requirements. Powered from Ameren UE's underground power grid with multiple feeds and back-up generation on-site, 210 N. Tucker is a carrier-neutral facility serviced by multiple fiber providers that we believe offers the best array of connectivity options in St. Louis. 210 N. Tucker is also connected to the Digital Realty-owned facility at 900 Walnut via 400 strands of dark fiber.
About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating three companies: Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), and Illinois Network Alliance (INA). This integration created a leading Missouri and Illinois telecommunications company that provides 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities. Currently, the Bluebird fiber network has over 100 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest and includes POPs in the core cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Additionally, Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Group, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States. More information available on the Bluebird Network website: www.BluebirdNetwork.com.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty focuses on delivering customer driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer's unique data center needs. Digital Realty's customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty's 102 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 19.1 million square feet as of February 27, 2012, including 2.4 million square feet of space held for redevelopment. Digital Realty's portfolio is located in 31 markets throughout Europe, North America, Singapore and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty's website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.
Bluebird Network Deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for Stimulus-Funded Missouri Project
ADVA Optical Networking Solution Supports Ground-breaking Rollout of Broadband Services Across Underserved Regions
September 10, 2012
ADVA Optical Networking announced today that Bluebird Network has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 for a government-stimulus-funded project that will enable the extension of broadband services to underserved regions in Missouri. Bluebird’s Missouri Ultra-High Capacity Middle Mile Project is supported by a $45 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and a $10.5 million in-kind contribution from the state of Missouri, as well as private investors.
The grant for Bluebird Network's ultra-high-capacity, middle-mile network was awarded in 2010. Today, Bluebird’s fiber network encompasses 4,500 miles across Missouri and Illinois. The grant will add 1,500 miles to this network and, along with other construction, will bring the total network to 6,000 miles. The expansion is targeted for completion in fall 2012. It is designed to provide services of up to 10Gbit/s to local last-mile providers of residential and business services and over 100 “community anchor institutions,” such as community colleges and other institutions of higher learning, elementary and secondary schools, libraries, hospitals, medical and healthcare providers, courthouses, public-safety entities and other government facilities. Services to be supported include video on demand, telemedicine, remote education and testing, Internet Protocol (IP) and High-Definition (HD) TV, video conferencing with multiple users, remote computing, real-time medical-image consulting and effective utilization of electronic medical records.
“Introducing high-speed Internet services in rural areas can be a daunting challenge because they often are limited to bandwidth-constrained infrastructure and legacy technologies,” said Michael Morey, President and CEO with Bluebird Network. “In Missouri and Illinois we’ve created a robust, 6,000-mile network that relieves fiber exhaust, upgrades on SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) infrastructure and brings sometimes unprecedented services to the 59 counties funded by the grant. ADVA Optical Networking’s DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) system and management software provide our network with the scalable optical transport and simple flexibility to match capabilities with data demands across both legacy and new infrastructure.”
Added John Scherzinger, senior vice president of sales at ADVA Optical Networking: "Throughout the United States, we're working with companies that are helping to bridge the digital divide, companies that are driving connectivity and innovation to the underserved. Bluebird Network understands what's at stake here and the impact broadband connectivity can have on businesses, communities and individuals. Its network is a clear testament to what we can achieve. We need to ensure that every region and everybody has access to the Internet and to new opportunities."
The ADVA FSP 3000 supports up to 40 100Gbit/s secure and reliable wavelengths for multiplexing, transporting and protecting Bluebird Network’s array of high-speed data, storage, voice and video traffic. ADVA Optical Networking’s ROADM capability and RAYcontrol™ GMPLS control plane allow Bluebird Network to use a combination of hardware pre-provisioning, point-and-click configuration and flexible provisioning to deliver exceptional service-delivery experience and lead times.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses Bluebird Network Board of Directors
Columbia, MO – November 1, 2012--Governor Jay Nixon addressed the Bluebird Network Board of Directors on November 1, 2012. Nixon was honored to be in attendance and recognized the Board members as committed visionaries and national leaders in the telecommunications field. Nixon emphasized that just as the railroads and interstates connected and transformed Missouri communities in decades past, businesses, such as Bluebird Network, are connecting and transforming Missouri with the information superhighway.
The Governor explained that Missouri has received $311 million of investment money dedicated to broadband expansion. This investment is a combination of federal, state, local and private sector resources, including more than $261 million in competitive federal funding obtained by the state of Missouri and its private and local partners. Nixon praised the work of Bluebird Network and remarked that the size and scope of its fiber route expansion will be instrumental in transforming the state’s economy. The economy in Missouri is improving— unemployment rate is down to 7%-- but there is still work to do. The Governor outlined his economic strategy stressing that broadband connectivity is a key element to its success.
Sell more Missouri-made goods
In 2011, Missouri businesses exported $14.1 billion of goods and products around the world. So far in 2012, Missouri is beating that figure by 6%. This increase is not just because of the business of large corporations, but small companies and family farms are competing globally because of access to the Internet via high-speed broadband connections. Traditionally, agriculture has been the backbone of Missouri’s economy and opening new markets to farmers using technology and Internet access will make Missouri farmers even more successful.
Education and training
Because we work in a global economy, education, training and technology are essential elements in our economic expansion. With high-speed connectivity, higher learning opportunities will reach more Missourians than ever before. High school students in rural and underserved areas can take advanced courses
on-line and get a jump on their college credits through distance learning. Working adults, who want to remain in rural areas and smaller communities, can enroll in advanced training or work toward a degree of higher learning via the Internet. Elements needed to level the educational playing field in difficult to reach areas are made available by access to high-speed connections to broadband.
The Governor emphasized that one of the demonstrated benefits of improved broadband service in rural Missouri is in Telemedicine. Connecting Missourians and their physicians with specialists many miles away who can look at high-resolution images and receive other vital information on a real-time basis helps doctors treat those patients. Expanded broadband accessibility between healthcare providers will mean access to quicker and more specialized care that is often life-saving for patients.
Nixon underscored that broadband access is a game-changer for our economy, for farming, for education, for healthcare, for law enforcement and public safety. He thanked Bluebird Network for doing its part to give Missouri a competitive edge for the future.
Governor Nixon thanked the Board and Management Team for their work in moving Missouri forward; and, if fortunate enough to be re-elected, hopes to continue partnering with Bluebird. (Governor Nixon was elected to his second term on Tuesday, November 6, 2012).
Michael C. Morey, President & CEO, of Bluebird Network, thanked Governor Nixon for joining the meeting, and added that speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Bluebird Network looks forward to working together on more public/private opportunities.
Metro Ethernet provider Bluebird Network Deploys Centina Systems NetOmniaTM for End-to-End Service Visibility
NetOmniaTM Operations and Service Assurance offer real-time customer circuit visibility and correlation and pinpointed troubleshooting
PLANO, TX- February 04, 2013 - Centina Systems, a leading provider of service assurance and service quality management solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, has announced that Columbia, Missouri-based Bluebird Network has deployed the NetOmniaTM Operations Assurance and Service Assurance solutions to manage their entire 6,000 mile network infrastructure for its connectivity offerings. Bluebird provides Metro Ethernet, WAN Ethernet and private-line optical services in the Midwestern US, and operates the combined networks of Bluebird Media Network, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), and Illinois Network Alliance (INA). As the Ethernet service innovation escalates, and customers demand more in the way of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and high-bandwidth service support, a consolidated view of the network and the ability to holistically monitor the customer experience becomes critical to maintaining customer satisfaction and market share.
Bluebird Network turned to NetOmniaTM to gain a 360-degree view into the customer network, in order to correlate its customers to specific circuits, and drill down into high-bandwidth services to understand which customers and services are being affected by issues in the network. The system also provides Bluebird the ability to troubleshoot problems quickly by suppressing symptomatic alarms and identifying the root cause of problems. "Understanding where customer problems originate in the network is a critical aspect of providing the next generation of Internet services competitively. Enterprise communications are ever more bandwidth-intensive and complex thanks to the rise of cloud services, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trends and more video-enabled applications," explained Michael C. Morey, President & CEO of Bluebird Network. "NetOmniaTM gave us a consolidated view of every device in Bluebird's network, along with the ability to drill down through service layers to pinpoint the cause of an issue, in real time."
NetOmniaTM Operations and Service Assurance offers carrier-class, next-generation fault management that deploys rapidly, improves network visibility and dramatically reduces the ongoing administration and maintenance. "The ability to see outages in real-time and resolve the problems based on business priority should be at the heart of delivering any next-generation bandwidth offering," said Anand Gonuguntla, Co-Founder and CEO, Centina Systems. "NetOmnia offers a complete solution for bolstering customer satisfaction through thorough, end-to-end visibility of Ethernet circuits, leading to differentiating, world-class, yet cost-effective service management." Learn more about how Centina Systems is redefining service assurance at www.centinasystems.com.
About Centina Systems Centina Systems' innovation is redefining Service Assurance and helping service providers succeed in today's highly competitive landscape. Based in Plano, TX, Centina Systems provides Service Assurance and Service Quality Management solutions for communications service providers globally. The company is focused on helping operators enhance the customer experience, while at the same time improving their operations through increased agility and faster time to market of new services. For more information, visit www.centinasystems.com
About Bluebird Network Bluebird Network is a leading Missouri and Illinois telecommunications company providing 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband connections to Midwest communities. Bluebird was formed through the integration of Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), and Illinois Network Alliance (INA) in 2011. A public-private partnership, created by Bluebird, between its private investors, the federal government, and the state of Missouri, resulted in a $45 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U. S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) enabling Bluebird to bring accessible and affordable broadband to rural and underserved areas in central and northern Missouri. For more information, visit www.BluebirdNetwork.com
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As a Bluebird customer, you have the right to impose additional restrictions on Bluebird’s use of your CPNI by "opting out." If you opt out, Bluebird cannot use your CPNI to market additional services to you. Opting out will not affect the provision of any Bluebird service to which you already subscribe, but it may prevent you from receiving certain information about additional services from Bluebird. If we do not hear from you within 30 days after you first sign up for Bluebird service, we will assume you do not wish to opt out. However, you can choose to opt out at any time. Your decision whether or not to opt-out will remain in effect until you change it. In order to opt out, please notify Bluebird in writing. Please mail the opt out information to Bluebird Corporate Office, 2005 W. Broadway, Bldg. A, Suite 215, Columbia, MO 65203 Attn: CPNI Information, and provide the following information: (1) customer name, (2) service billing address, (3) telephone number including area code, and (4) service account number. Removing consent will not affect your current Service.
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