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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

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

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

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

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