Working together to bring broadband to rural areas, Wisper ISP and Sho-Me Technologies are reaching out to the underserved in Missouri. Telecompetitor reports the two providers have reached a deal where Wisper ISP will use Sho-Me’s network to support deployments across Missouri. Wisper ISP is a fixed wireless broadband provider and Sho-Me Technologies is the broadband subsidiary of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative.
The two entities both have presence in Missouri, so teaming up Sho-Me’s 4,200-route mile fiber network with Wisper ISP’s fixed wireless is a logical pairing, according to the companies. Sho-Me, as a rural electric cooperative, has directed its resources to wholesale, enterprise and education services rather than residential clients.
Wisper ISP says it has the financial clout to set up a solid broadband network, having pulled in over $220 million in Connect America funding. It has also received guidance from Microsoft through its Microsoft Airband project.
In addition to its presence in Missouri, Wisper also has broadband networks growing in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Oklahoma. Broadband providers and rural electric cooperatives keep finding new ways to work together, bringing broadband connections to areas that need them, and providing opportunities to telecoms who are invested in their home regions.
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