JERSEYVILLE, Illi. – The pandemic has proved just how crucial a fast internet connection is, but rural parts of the country can struggle with basic broadband service.

Placed atop a water tower in rural Illinois or a grain bin in town, the towers throughout these parts of the riverbend help to keep this small town in a rural part of the country connected.

Wisper, the Illinois-based high-speed wireless company is currently in six states, trying to offer high access internet for rural parts of the region stuck at home working or virtual learning during COVID-19.

“Just like cable and DSL except we don’t require a phone line or cable into your house. We install an antenna on the outside of your house or office and run a cable down to a wireless router just like anybody else, except we’re coming from local towers and buildings in the area,” Wisper founder and CEO Nathan Stooke said.

The company is using money it received from the Connect America Fund.

So far, there are rural internet connections in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The plan is to install more than 80,000 connections across rural areas.

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