Bluebird Network was initially formed by the integration of Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance, and Illinois Network Alliance to allow these companies to connect to each other and to the Internet.
Together, our members and partners combine to create a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that delivers high bandwidth, carrier-class Internet and data services across the Midwest.
For our customers, our services translate to quality, continuity, and performance, and it is the companies listed below that help make this possible.
Missouri Network Alliance Member Companies
- In 2006, American Broadband Corporation purchased HunTel, a family owned telecommunications company that formed in the early 1900s. The company is proud to carry on the tradition of excellence that was instilled by generations of the Hunt family for nearly a century. With a history of excellence in customer care, American Broadband continues its commitment to serving rural areas throughout Missouri and Nebraska and providing up-to-date video, voice and data services for business and residential customers.
- Keeping you connected is our promise. Chariton Valley provides state-of-the-art communications solutions to businesses and residents in Northeast Missouri. With 65 years of experience, Chariton Valley’s goal is to keep you in touch, logged on, entertained and communicating without complications at an affordable price. Their promise is Keeping You Connected.
- Citizens Telephone Company was incorporated in 1908 by W.R. Journey, and has continued to serve the area continuously for nearly four generations. Since 1908, the Citizens Telephone pledge has been, “to give our customers the best telephone service modern telephony can devise at the lowest price consistent with such service, and at all times to give the public the courtesies and respectful treatment to which they are entitled.” That pledge continues today in supporting their customers in Higginsville, Corder, Mayview, and the surrounding area. Citizens Telephone strives to maintain the tradition of excellence in service in the changing world of telecommunications. Through their advanced fiber network, state-of-the-art digital switching equipment, and local presence and local commitment, Citizens Telephone is uniquely positioned to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing industry in order to continue to provide their valued customer, with the latest technology and services available.
- Based in Sullivan, Missouri, Fidelity Communications has a history of success through innovation. Since 1940, Fidelity has been committed to bringing the latest technology and services to the customers it serves. Fidelity has made five acquisitions over the last two decades, including three in the last seven years that have grown its subscriber base exponentially. Over the past five years, Fidelity has more than doubled in size and now employs 400 people. Fidelity now provides about 115,000 Internet, Cable TV and local phone services in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The former Cobridge systems were re-branded as Fidelity in early June of 2012. After decades as a local and long distance phone company, Fidelity began growing in 1992 when it purchased the Rolla cable TV system. It launched its Sullivan cable system in 1999 and acquired systems in Lebanon, Missouri, in 2006 and Salem, Missouri, in 2007. In 2008, Fidelity added 24,000 individual service customers with its purchase of a cable system in Lawton, Oklahoma, and more than doubled that with the Cobridge acquisition in 2012.
- Green Hills Communications delivers high-speed Internet, video and voice services to residential and business customers in Northwest Missouri. Our service area includes: Avalon, Bogard, Braymer, Breckenridge, Carrollton, Chillicothe, Cowgill, Dawn, Hamilton, Kidder, Kingston, Knoxville, Lock Springs, Ludlow, Mooresville, Norborne, Polo, Stet, Tina, Utica and Wheeling.
Headquartered in Princeton, Missouri, Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation provides local telephone services, Internet, TV and security camera services in Iowa and Missouri. The Missouri cities served include; Andover, Barnard, Bethany, Brimson, Browning, Cainsville, Chula, Conception Junction, Darlington, Denver, Eagleville, Galt, Gentry, Gilman City, Graham, Laredo, Linneus, Lucerne, Meadville, Mercer, Mount Moriah, Purdin, New Hampton, Newtown, Powersville, Princeton, Ravenwood, Ridgeway, Sheridan, South David City, South Lineville, Spickard, and Washington Center.
- IAMO Telephone Company was formed in January 1962 when the communities of Blanchard, Coin and Northboro, Iowa along with Westboro, Missouri joined together to form the corporation. The name is derived from the abbreviations of IA (Iowa) and MO (Missouri). The purpose of this corporation was to furnish telephone and telephone toll service to its shareholders and to all members of the general public who may apply therefore, to construct and maintain telephone lines, cables, switchboards and all other necessary and useful equipment ordinarily owned and used by a telephone system, and to buy and sell telephone equipment, supplies and fixtures, and to conduct a general telephone service in Page and Fremont Counties in Iowa and Atchison and Nodaway Counties in Missouri. Coin, Iowa was designated as the corporate headquarters. Other small “home-owned” telephone companies in the area were located in Clearmont, Elmo and Quitman. With the reorganization of the school district in 1960, a corporation was formed and called the Northwest Nodaway Telephone Exchange, consisting of Burlington Junction, Clearmont, Elmo and Quitman, all of Missouri. On July 15, 1974, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved the sale of the Northwest Nodaway Telephone Company of Burlington Junction, to IAMO Telephone Company, forming the present corporation. Presently, IAMO Telephone Company serves the exchanges in Iowa of Coin and Northboro, Iowa with Blanchard a part of the Coin exchange. In Missouri, the exchanges of Burlington Junction, Clearmont, Elmo and Westboro with Quitman now a part of the Burlington Junction exchange.
- Kingdom Technology high speed wireless is available in the rural areas surrounding Mexico, Fulton and Centralia. KTIS wireless stands alone as a truly unlimited service in a world of data caps and overage charges.
Serving Northwest Missouri since 1952, Mark Twain Rural Telephone Company, headquarted in Hurdlan, Missouri, serves the following cities with local telephone and Internet services; Bevier, Canton, Center, Clarence, Edina, Hannibal, Kahoka, Kirksville, La Belle, La Grange, La Plata, Lancaster, Lewistown, Macon, Madison, Monroe City, Memphis, New London, Palmyra, Paris, Perry, Queen City, Shebina, Shelbyville, and Wayland.
- NEMR Telecom is a locally operated Cooperative communications company owned by the customers they serve. NEMR was formed in 1952 as Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company to provide reliable telephone service to several communities in Northeast Missouri. Through the years, as the business changed, they evolved to meet new challenges and in 2011 began doing business as NEMR Telecom; NEMR takes pride in providing state-of-the-art telecommunications services to businesses and residents in their area. NEMR Telecom uses fiber optic cable technology to serve premium Voice, Video, and Internet services. Over half of their member owners are now served by “fiber to the home” technology, and NEMR continues to deploy new fiber to the home projects each year. With over 60 years of experience, NEMR Telecom’s mission is to serve their members with advanced capabilities and products to stay in touch, logged on, entertained and communicating at an affordable rate. In our fast moving world that is constantly changing, they are “Keeping Our Customers Connected”…connected to each other and connected to the world around them.
- Rock Port Cablevision/Atchison County Digital offers residents of Atchison county a variety of choices in television viewing. Residents of Rock Port, Tarkio, Fairfax & Mound City can enjoy a variety of packages which provides more viewing channels, music channels and movie channel packages than ever before!
- Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc., services more than 4,100 customers in the four exchanges of Viburnum (244), Cherryville/Davisville (743), Steelville (775)and Huzzah (786). They are constantly updating their fiber optic equipment, and now have all of our remote offices linked together with fiber that migrates back to the new tandem switching office in their headquarters building. Steelville Telephone Exchange, Inc., is continuing to make improvements as the telecommunications technology changes. High Speed Internet and improved services to customers will continue to make them strive to be the best.
Illinois Network Alliance Member Companies
- In 1952, Adams Telephone Co-Operative was formed by members who not only saw the need for rural telephone service but that this service needed to be provided over a larger region, rather than small, independence exchanges only. Over the years, as communications services and customer needs have changed, Adams has remained committed to ensuring our rural areas have the communication services you need. In 1984, we established our first subsidiary, Adams Telcom, Inc. to provide wired cable TV services, and today provides cable TV in Augusta, Bowen, Camp Point, Clayton, Coatsburg, Fowler, Golden, Lima, Loraine, Marcelline, Mendon, Plymouth, Paloma, Quincy and Ursa. In 1994, a second subsidiary, Adams NetWorks, Inc. was established to provide Internet services to the Cooperative and surrounding areas. Also in 1994, oaur third subsidiary Adams TelSystems, Inc. was formed to provide long distance services to the Cooperative. When customers not served by Adams Telephone Co-Operative wanted the same quality local service as the Cooperative members, this entity grew to provide voice services for businesses and residents in many surrounding areas.
- Alhambra-Grantfork Telephone Company is an independently run phone company serving residential and business customers in Alhambra, Grantfork and the surrounding rural area since 1955. “Our mission is to supply our customers with the fastest and clearest means of communication. Its mission is “to supply our customers with the fastest and clearest means of communication.” With the turn of the century a high demand arose to provide customers with the latest in communication technology. The invention of high speed fiber-optics and wireless internet brought endless possibilities to communicate greater information in a fraction of the time. Soon it became apparent that they had become much more than your average telephone provider.
- Egyptian Telephone Cooperative Association is a local, member owned cooperative, established in 1954. It provides state-of-the-art telecommunications services across five counties in Southern Illinois. Local service is provided in the Baldwin, Blair, Glenn, Oakdale, Rice, St. Libory, and Venedy areas. Egyptian also offers long distance services and Internet services through its subsidiaries, Egyptian Communication Services and Egyptian Internet Services. Egyptian provides a wide variety of services starting with basic dial tone phone service to enhanced calling features such as Caller ID and Voice Mail to long distance and broadband Internet services. Egyptian continues to build out fiber to the home technology to provide members with advanced broadband speeds.
- Hamilton County Communications is a subsidiary of Hamilton County Telephone Co-op located in Dahlgren, Illinois. The company provides quality high-speed internet solutions and television services throughout portions of Southern Illinois. Hamilton County Telephone Co-op provides landline telephone service throughout the rural areas of Hamilton County and bordering six counties. Their goal is to provide high-quality services in their rural areas that you might typically only see in cities.
- Home Telephone Co. (HomeTel) is a family business formed in 1906, that has a long-standing goal to provide the latest high-tech services to area residents and businesses. They have a proven history of ensuring customers have the best services possible – as soon, or sooner, than anywhere else in the country. Today, HomeTel serves approximately 950 customers in its 52 square-mile service area. Currently, they are in the process of upgrading their service area with a fiber optic network. Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technology allows telecommunications services to be transported over fiber optic cables—the best technology available. Fiber has virtually unlimited capacity to bring telephone, Internet, digital television, and other services to your home or business with very high quality and reliability. No other provider is making this kind of investment in the St. Jacob community.
- Madison began as a local exchange carrier over 75 years ago, expanding into a full-service communications provider offering Digital Cable, HDTV, High Speed Internet, Telephone, Advertising and Local and Long Distance Services. They are committed to bringing advanced technology to rural America by utilizing our extensive fiber-optic network. Madison delivers a wide array of product and service offerings to both residential and business customers with the added value of 24-hour local customer service and support. Today, Madison provides Phone, High Speed Internet, and Cable TV services to central Illinois communities located in portions of Madison and Macoupin Counties, namely, Staunton, Livingston, Williamson, Alhambra, New Douglas, Hamel, Worden, Prairietown, Dorsey, Holiday Shores, Bunker Hill, Benld, Sawyerville, Mt. Clare, Mt. Olive, Wilsonville, Woodburn and Shipman.
- MTC Communications was incorporated in 1996 as a subsidiary of McDonough Telephone Cooperative. In 1996, MTC began offering competitive long distance service to the members of the cooperative. MTC operated exclusively as a long distance provider until 2004 when high speed DSL Internet was introduced. The service menu expanded again in 2005. As McDonough Telephone increased the availability of broadband to its members, MTC joined many other telecommunications providers in offering Internet protocol television or IPTV. MTC-TV continues to grow in numbers, in features and in availability. High Definition, PVR service, Video on Demand and Pay Per View have been added as enhancements to the service. An ongoing Fiber to the Home project is bringing MTC-TV and High Speed Internet to more residents and businesses both in the McDonough Telephone service area as well as in Macomb and its outlying areas. Fiber optic technology will give MTC customers access to the most advanced communications services available.
- Shawnee Communications story started in 1948 as Equaility Telephone Company. In 1966, Hardin County Telephone Company was acquired and the companies formed Shawnee Telephone Company in early 1985. In 1995, Shawnee Communications was formed. Shawnee Communications is proud to serve communities throughout Southern and Central Illinois, providing telephone and Internet connectivity to thousands of families and businesses, including the areas of Cave-In-Rock, Eddyville, Elizabethtown, Equality, Golconda, Herod, Karbers Ridge, Leamington, Renshaw, Rosiclare and Simpson. Shawnee Communications is a hometown company with a commitment to bringing current communications technology to their customers.
- Wabash Telephone Cooperative was established in 1952, starting out as a small telephone cooperative and has seen significant growth throughout the years. Wabash Telephone is locally owned by its members and has approximately 4,000 access lines in nine exchanges throughout South Central Illinois. The cooperative is governed by a board of nine directors representing the exchanges served by the cooperative. In addition to providing basic phone services to their members, they also operate a wholly owned subsidiary, WIN. WIN (Wabash Independent Networks) offers EnCommand TV service throughout the nine WTCI exchanges and Cable TV service in Flora and Noble. WIN is the local choice for long distance and offers High Speed Internet in Flora, Noble, and the WTCI exchanges. WIN also offers computer repair at a competitive price and has launched Wabash Watch, a new Home Monitoring service. WIN not only provide services to the cooperative members, but also to areas outside the nine exchanges. Wabash Telephone and its subsidiaries consistently strive to keep up-to-date with the latest technology and maintain a level of service, which is unsurpassed. The goal of the two companies is to be innovative, responsive, and adapt to the changes in its business environment.
- Western Illinois Network Services (WINS) was established on January 1, 1996 by eight telephone companies and cooperatives. WINS was formed to allow its members to offer extended services to their customers. WINS is composed of: LaHarpe Telephone Company, McDonough Telephone Cooperative, Mid-Century Telephone Cooperative, New Windsor Telephone Company, Oneida Telephone Company, Reynolds Telephone Company, Viola Home Telephone Company and Woodhull Telephone Company.