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Andrew Kaiser enjoys the view
while checking on his antennas
mounted to the roof of a house
near Mansfield. His Ridgetop
Networks service is meeting the
needs of many rural residents who
previously lacked fast internet.

rural Missouri while still enjoying the high-speed internet
access once only available to city dwellers.
" In my early days one of my first customers was John
Deakyne whose job had allowed him to move from the east
coast into southern Missouri, " Andrew says. " They allowed him to move with the stipulation that he maintain
an internet connection in order to work remotely. He was
not able to obtain that at his home. He would have to take
a 30-minute drive one way to go to a town that had a good
internet connection for him to work. "
That access ended when his daughter moved to Denver.
Fortunately Andrew was able to provide a connection at the
man's home, prompting this testimonial from John: " Your
service changed my life. "
Demand for Ridgetop Networks service increased dramatically due to COVID-19 with parents working from
home and their kids trying to get online for virtual learning.
" I hear from my customers that their house is the gathering spot for their kids' friends to come over and do their
homework, " Andrew says, " because many of their friends
do not have good internet connections at home. "
WISPs such as Ridgetop Networks can offer a broadband solution for rural residents in unserved areas,
Andrew says, but only if their owners are prepared to put
in the long hours necessary to keep it operating. " It is not
for somebody that wants a 9-to-5 job with weekends off.
There's plenty of times I've put in a 16- or 20-hour day and
an hour or two after I crawl into bed, I get a notification
that something has gone wrong and I am back up dealing
with it. "
Sho-Me Technologies is ready to help. " It's exciting and
it is very rewarding to think that we play a part in helping
everyone get access to the internet, " Becky says " The real
rock stars are the people like Andrew. It is gratifying to see
that we can help make this happen and help the people in
our home area of the Ozarks. "
You can contact Ridgetop Networks by calling 417-5435513, sending email to andrew@ridgetopnetworks.com or
visiting www.ridgetopnetworks.com. Sho-Me Technologies
can be found at 417-859-3529 and www.shometech.com.

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