Bluebird Network Completes 3,500-Foot Fiber Optic Mississippi River Crossing

Bluebird Network - boothBluebird Network, a supplier of communications infrastructure that manages two data centers and more than 11,000 miles of fiber, announces the completion of a new fiber optic river crossing that connects the east bank of Illinois with the west bank of St. Louis, 100 feet below the Mississippi River.

A major hyperscaler and social media company has partnered with Bluebird, citing its reputation in the Midwest market and the ability to exercise sovereignty over its own fiber.

“Controlling their own fiber gives network providers a clear advantage in both new and existing markets,” said Jamie Scott, Bluebird Network‘s Director of Outside Plant Engineering. “It benefits not just their shareholders and business model, but also their users.”

While working on this project, great care was taken to uphold the rights of the indigenous people. To make sure that the history of the indigenous people in the region around the boring site was not destroyed, Bluebird collaborated with geotechnical engineering organizations that specialize in long-distance bores, boring companies, splicing and data contractors, and archaeologists.

“A network route like this offers enormous diversity and redundancy,” said Bluebird Network President and CEO Michael Morey. “We’re proud to support customers in achieving their endeavors and this type of alternative underground crossing is something that sets Bluebird apart from our competition.”

Long-Haul Connection between St. Louis and Tulsa

To meet the industry’s future need for high fiber bandwidth across major metro areas, Bluebird is also building a long-haul connection between St. Louis and Tulsa that is funded by a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) grant. Bluebird says the project is big and designed for the future, even if they aren’t revealing the project’s entire fiber capacity in the open.

“I’m honored to be a part of this team and to be involved in a project of this magnitude,” added Jamie Scott. “I’m quite excited to be among the several individuals in charge of organizing this. Our next big project, constructing a new fiber line from St. Louis to Tulsa, is ready to be undertaken.”

By building a new fiber conduit, the new project would strengthen connectivity to Springfield, Missouri’s Bluebird Underground Data Center and provide access to underserved communities in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Bluebird Network, a Missouri-based company, has been offering internet and transport services to carriers and enterprise clients throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, and the neighboring states since 1999 via its fiber infrastructure. Bluebird Network is the owner of two data centers: one located underground in Springfield, Missouri, and the other in the Quad Cities. With over 82,000 on-net and near-net buildings, 163 Points of Presence (PoP) sites, and more than 11,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections, Bluebird serves the Midwest’s major cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (MO and IL), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal, and the Quad Cities.