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.
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.