(COLUMBIA, Mo) December 11, 2018- Bluebird Network, a leading Midwest telecommunications company, has expanded its high-speed broadband fiber in Hannibal, Missouri. Through the buried fiber routes, the fiber optic infrastructure in the City results in access to more high-speed communication services that the City wants, the public wants, and that Bluebird is proud to provide. The fast and efficient broadband infrastructure serves the City, its agencies and local businesses, and provides the ability to connect other broadband areas to the City which supports the drive for economic growth. The expansion of this network provides lateral build opportunities to connect nearby rural communities to the City, and will ultimately provide fiber for business growth within the future Industrial Park. With businesses depending heavily on the power of digital communication, this expanded network sustains high performance, speed and reliability while being utilized by the community.
“Broadband is a key factor when it comes to economic growth in the coming years. Hannibal is getting a head start by working with us to set up a fast and efficient broadband infrastructure for the City,” stated Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network.
Heath Hall, General Manager of Hannibal Board of Public Works stated, “The relationship Hannibal Board of Public Works (HBPW) has built with Bluebird Network continues to be very positive for the organization as we continue to expand the City operated fiber network. From the very beginning of the planning stages to the installation of fiber to connect critical field assets, the entire Bluebird Network team has been a pleasure to work with. Their knowledge and service in the communication industry is excellent and their ability to coordinate with external installation partners made the deployment of the fiber simple from our perspective and the reliability of the provided services is superb. As we move forward with expansion, we will continue to rely heavily upon their staff to ensure we have a successful outcome and a system that our City can rely on many years from now.”
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 the Bluebird Underground Data Center, 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 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 learn more, please visit www.bluebirdnetwork.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
About Hannibal and Hannibal Board of Public Works (HBPW)
The City of Hannibal was settled in 1819 and incorporated in 1845. It is a historical community located on the scenic Mississippi River. Hannibal is ideally located at the crossroads of the Chicago-Kansas City Expressway and Avenue of the Saints, and with its 4-lane highway system carrying a combined 4,000 vehicles through the community daily, Hannibal links together areas like Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Historic downtown Hannibal offers an attractive and vibrant mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, festivals, and authentic history.
Established in 1903, the Hannibal Board of Public Works has grown substantially throughout the years and now includes the management of the Electric Distribution System, Water Treatment Plant, Water Distribution Facilities, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Sewer Collection System, Underground Storm Water Drainage System, and the maintenance of Bear Creek Dam. Striving for consistency and dedication, the mission of the Hannibal Board of Public Works is to provide safe, reliable utility products with excellent customer service at reasonable prices, and the utility continues to live out their mission by maintaining employee and customer satisfaction by encouraging continued education and cultivating a safe work environment.
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Bluebird Network HBPW
Sue Schaefer Heath Hall