Wisper expands Internet service to more rural areas in southern Illinois

AVA – Wisper Internet provides more than 450 residents in Ava with state-of-the-art wireless technology with speeds of up to 400 Mbps and greater wireless penetration of the site line. Wisper is an Illinois-based wireless Internet company headquartered in Mascoutah.

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Monte Miller, public relations and advocacy specialist at Wisper, said the company has a strong focus on the Ava-Campbell Hill community. He said residents in the community stand a pretty good chance of accessing good internet services.

This expansion is part of Wisper’s commitment to bring wireless internet service to rural communities in six states through the Connect America Fund (CAF), with an investment of over $1.4 million focused on broadband in Jackson County.

In addition to Ava, Wisper provides services in Marion, Makanda, Murphysboro, and Carbondale, and covers many other Southern Illinois communities.

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Miller said it’s easy to tell if Wisper is available for your home. Visit their website, wisperisp.com, for more information about the communities in their service area.

They also have a guide to see what kind of speeds you need based on usage and the number of devices you connect to the internet.

Wisper has partnered with the Federal Communications Commission for their Lifeline Program and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Based on research by Wisper, more than 32% of families with students in the Trico School District are eligible for the ACP program, which offers monthly service rebates of up to $30 and credits toward eligible equipment purchases.

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Miller said families can apply to the program through a button on Wisper’s website. Customers can register at www.affordableconnectivity.gov. Once approved by the FCC, they can present their ACP approval letter to Wisper and receive the rebate.

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“We have helped more than 350 families. We don’t oblige them, but we can help them,” Miller said.

He added that the program helps Wisper fulfill its mission of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities.

Wisper Internet uses fixed wireless technology by mounting a receiver on an elevated structure such as a communications or water tower, grain elevator, or cell tower to connect customers. Customers receive the signal through a small dish outside their home, which transmits it to their router so they can connect to all of their devices.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Wisper Internet currently has over 200 employees and 20,000 subscribers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

For more information on this enhancement, the new wireless system, or to verify service eligibility, interested parties can contact the Wisper sales team at 1-800-765-7772 or [email protected] Or visit www.wisperisp.com

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