Mo.-based Bluebird Network will use ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP 3000 in a government-stimulus-funded project that will enable the extension of broadband services to underserved regions in the state. Bluebird’s Missouri Ultra-High Capacity Middle Mile Project is supported by a $45 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and a $10.5 million in-kind contribution from the state of Missouri as well as private investors. Bluebird’s fiber network comprises 4,500 miles across Missouri and Illinois, and the grant adds 1,500 miles to this network, due to be completed this fall, providing services (via the FSP 3000) as fast as 10 Gbit/s to local last-mile providers of residential and business services and to more than 100 “community anchor institutions” like community colleges, elementary and secondary schools, libraries, hospitals, medical and healthcare providers, courthouses, public-safety entities and other government facilities.

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