Yesterday, the FCC announced that Wisper ISP won $220.3 million of federal funding in the FCC’s rural broadband auction (The Connect America Fund Phase II). This money will be distributed to Wisper over a period of ten years. Wisper was one of 103 providers to win financial support from across the country. The Connect America Fund Phase II auction is part of a broader effort by the FCC to close the digital divide in rural America. Many of the rural areas Wisper will build out to will eventually receive Internet download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.
Wisper has a history of bringing the Internet to underserved communities and was built from the ground up to provide service to the rural areas. “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to service more of rural America. Our backbone has always been our rural customers and providing the service when no one else will,” said Wisper owner and CEO, Nathan Stooke. “This funding will allow us to rapidly provide service to tens of thousands of homes that otherwise may have been forgotten.”
Funding guidelines dictate that providers must build out to 40 percent of the designated residences and businesses in a state within three years of becoming authorized to receive support. Build out must increase by 20 percent in each subsequent year until complete build out is reached at the end of the sixth year.
Wisper ISP is an Internet Service Provider with headquarters located in Mascoutah, IL (just east of St. Louis, MO) and remote offices in Kansas City and Joplin, MO.