Armed with $220 million in federal subsidies, an internet service provider from the St. Louis area is ramping up its efforts to address the lack of internet access in rural areas.
Wisper Internet, based in Mascoutah, Illinois, is the largest recipient of $1.5 billion of subsidies doled out by the Federal Communications Commission in an August auction.
To receive those subsidies, Wisper has to offer service to more than 80,000 homes and businesses in six years.
But Wisper has doubled in size every couple of years since its founding 15 years ago, and the company’s leaders say they aren’t daunted by the aggressive growth targets — especially since the FCC subsidies will help with financing, which has been one of the biggest hurdles for Wisper over the years.
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