Bluebird Network to Acquire Illinois Network Alliance LLC

Bluebird Network to Acquire Illinois Network Alliance LLC

COLUMBIA, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bluebird Network LLC, a Midwest telecommunications company, is excited to announce the signing of a Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of Illinois Network Alliance (INA). This integration of INA under Bluebird ownership will bring even greater cohesion and operational efficiencies to the Bluebird portfolio of services.

With a continued strategic focus on the Midwest, the acquisition will empower Bluebird to further strengthen its fiber services and high-bandwidth network solutions for cell towers, hospitals, schools, government facilities and other businesses. While Bluebird has always served as manager of INA, this new ownership role will enable Bluebird to strategically expand its capabilities and offerings between INA and other Bluebird infrastructures. Both respective networks will be grown together and expanded further into new and underserved areas. Bluebird will maintain its dedicated level of personalized customer service while expanding through the acquisition and subsequent fiber build-outs.

“Bluebird is thrilled for the opportunity to support INA in this new role,” said Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. “This acquisition will further our legacy as one of the leading fiber providers in the Midwest and grow our efficiencies and offerings to our customers.”

Bluebird supports Enterprise, Carrier and Data Center customers with a portfolio of network services. This includes secure and reliable bandwidth, Metro Ethernet, Wide Area Network Ethernet, Dedicated Internet Access, E-Line Services, Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service (E-LAN) and Mobile Backhaul Transport services. Bluebird’s fiber optic infrastructure connects to the Bluebird Underground Data Center, an underground colocation facility located in Springfield, Missouri, which is currently undergoing a major expansion to more comprehensively support expanding customer requirements.

This announcement comes on the heels of Bluebird’s acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, and its acquisition of PEG Bandwidth IL, LLC, further underpinning the company’s trajectory of growth and supporting its mission of delivering enhanced value, reliability and capability throughout the Midwest.

This transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary terms and conditions, and is expected to be closed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.

About Bluebird Network

Since 1999, Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, has provided internet and fiber transport services to Carriers and Enterprises in Missouri, Illinois, and the surrounding states. In 2014, an underground data center was acquired, adding the Bluebird Underground Data Center to the Bluebird suite of services. With the addition of the INA network, Bluebird will realize over 9,300 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections. The Bluebird fiber network will have over 151 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (MO and IL), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities. To learn more, please visit Bluebirdnetwork.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Contacts
Media Contact for Bluebird Network:Laura Pirmann
iMiller Public Relations
Tel: 866.307.2510
Email: [email protected]

Contact for Bluebird Network:Sue Schaefer
Bluebird Network
[email protected]

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