Co-Location Opportunities

Headlines, Network Updates on July 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Co-Location Opportunities

MOCIs your business looking for a secure offsite location to house your equipment to satisfy your DR plan? We may have just what you’re looking for!
Sho-Me offers co-location space in many of our POP facilities across our network. In fact, we’ve been busy adding even more space and our new MOC (Modular Operations Center) is almost ready! The MOC will have generator backup; security cameras; environmental monitoring; secure access; and of course, easy access to the Internet or dedicated Ethernet transport via our fiber optic network.
Would your business benefit from housing your equipment with us? Call our Business Development team at 417-859-2615.

SMT is at the Capital Connection Business Expo

Blog Posts on June 1st, 2016 Comments Off on SMT is at the Capital Connection Business Expo

Sho-Me Tech table at Expo
Sho-Me Technologies is taking part in the Capital Connection Business Expo being held today in Columbia, MO.  This is a great event for vendors, such as Sho-Me Tech, who provide products or services to state agencies.  While at the Expo, we will have the opportunity to network with representatives from various state agencies as well as with other vendors who might turn into partners or even customers.

If you are at the Expo, we invite you to stop by our table and visit with Cindy and Jeff.  They’d love to talk with you!

What Can Sho-Me Tech Do for You?

Headlines on April 14th, 2016 Comments Off on What Can Sho-Me Tech Do for You?

What-Can-SMT-Do-for-You
If your business needs Dedicated Internet Access , give us a call. We offer dedicated access – it’s not oversubscribed like some services are, so you actually get the bandwidth you order. It’s also symmetrical – so your upload speed matches your download speed. And it’s all delivered over our ringed fiber network – so it’s incredibly reliable. Our service is perfect for businesses who rely on a stable Internet connection.
We can also help with point to point circuits , so you can send information between your sites quickly, safely and securely. Whether you need a 10Mbps Ethernet circuit, a 10Gig circuit, or an OC-n, we can help.
And if your business has three or more sites, our eLAN service was designed just for you! It’s like having all of your locations together under the same roof. The eLAN network makes disaster recovery planning a cinch. The drops are scalable, so you can customize the network to meet the individual needs of each of your sites.
More services coming soon! You asked and we listened. We are working out the details on some exciting new services to help our customers meet their data and voice needs. Stay tuned!
Our Business Development Team is ready to help you and your business. Give us a call at 417-859-2615, or email us at Marketing@shometech.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sho-Me Power Appoints New CEO/General Manager

Headlines on February 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Sho-Me Power Appoints New CEO/General Manager

John_web1Sho-Me Technologies is pleased to announce that John Richards has been selected by the Sho-Me Power Board of Directors to serve as Sho-Me’s new CEO and General Manager. Mr. Richards has been a part of the Sho-Me Power team since being hired as an accountant in 1975. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1979, serving until January, 2016, when he was appointed to his new position. John is a past president of the G&T Accounting & Finance Association and was a member of the Missouri Electric Cooperative Employee’s Credit Union Board of Directors for over 25 years, serving as Chairman for over a decade.
We welcome Mr. Richards in this new position and look forward to growing as a company under his leadership.

Connecting Rural Missouri

Sho-Me Helps Fill Gaps and Provide Options

Cellular and Carriers, Headlines on January 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Sho-Me Helps Fill Gaps and Provide Options

By: Jeff Byrd

When Sho-Me Technologies was founded in 1998, the primary goal was to build a reliable and redundant fiber optic network to maintain our power grid for our parent company, Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative. A side benefit to this deployment was the excess fiber that could be marketed and used by businesses, healthcare institutions, and schools in the rural region we serve.  One of the first customer types to express interest in our network was the cellular industry.  Cell phones were booming and our network allowed cellular providers to connect their rural towers and provide coverage in sparsely populated communities. These relationships have grown and today we provide large amounts of bandwidth to these same towers, plus many more.   These towers now not only provide wireless phone connections, but in many situations are a families’ only source of broadband connectivity.   Still today in many of the areas we serve, population is sparse, terrain is rugged, and building wired broadband services is just not feasible for the incumbent telephone company.

A recent study done by the Pew Research Center shows that these cellular providers’ efforts have made a big impact and could be the cause for a declineAttaching fiber to a pole. of home broadband use. The study shows that while 80% of U.S. adults now have access to Internet, only 67% have broadband in their home.  This is compared to only 78% of U.S. adults having access to broadband in 2013 with 70% of that total having access in their home.  This tells us that a lot of U.S. residents are starting to forgo home service and are just relying on the service on their wireless phones.  In fact, the number of U.S. residents relying solely on their phone climbed from 8% in 2013 to 13% of the U.S. population today.   43% of those who only use their cell phones to access the Internet report that the reason they do not subscribe to home broadband is due to the cost being too high.  Only 5% cited that they had no broadband options available in their area.  While this information is a little surprising, Pew researchers warn that this finding could be short-lived as home broadband use flat lined about five years ago before spiking again.

Sho-Me continues to work so that our members have ample low cost options. We are happy to work with a multitude of cellular providers, wireless Internet service providers, and even large carriers to bring more options to Missouri.

Choosing an ISP for Your Business

Headlines on May 25th, 2012 Comments Off on Choosing an ISP for Your Business

By Becky Allen

Like most things in life, Internet Service Providers are not “one size fits all”.  Some providers offer lots of extra services that make things run smoothly for your business.  Others may offer bandwidth at a lower cost, but without the bells and whistles.  So how do you decide which provider to choose?

The most important question to ask yourself is, “How important is a reliable Internet connection to my business?”  Think back to the last time you lost your Internet connection.  Were you able to continue doing business?  Or did your company lose money while your employees were left helplessly waiting for the connection to be restored before they could get on with their work?

If Internet is not an integral part of your business and you can handle an occasional outage or slowdown, then you will be able to consider some of the less expensive, and less reliable, solutions to meet your business needs.    However, if your business is dependent upon its Internet connection, you will need to put more thought into finding a reliable provider and carrier.  Since no provider can truly guarantee 100% uptime, it might also be a good idea to invest in a backup solution as well.

Here are some questions to ask any ISP before you contract with them:

How will the connection reach my business?  Will it be a physical connection or will it be wireless?  If it is wireless, be sure to ask about the technology the provider uses and how things like weather, land topology and other factors might influence your connection.  If it is a physical connection, ask what medium the provider uses and how much redundancy they will provide for you circuit.  Also, ask if you will have dedicated Internet access, or if your speed could be impacted by other people using their Internet connections.

What happens if there is a problem with my service?  Does the provider have a number you can call to reach them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?  Who will answer your call?  Ask what would happen if your connection went out at 6 p.m. on a Friday.  Would you have to wait until 9 a.m. Monday morning for someone to begin troubleshooting your problem?

How much is this going to cost?  The most reliable connections are not always the cheapest connections.  Often, pricing is influenced by factors such as bandwidth and the length of the contract term, but there are many other variables that may have an effect on your price.  Be sure to ask your carrier if there will be any up front installation charges and if your price will be locked in for the term or if there is a chance it could go up.

What services do you offer?  Bandwidth is the most obvious service, but that is just the beginning.  Some providers offer services such as email hosting and spam filtering, while others provide a connection to the Internet, but leave everything else up to you.  Your business may prefer to have the ISP handle filtering and hosting duties, or you may prefer to have full control over your connection and take care of these things in-house.

Do you have any references?  A good provider will be able to give you names and contact information for people who are using their service.  Be sure to call the references and ask about their experiences.

Where do you get your Internet?  A provider is only as reliable as their provider, so this is an important question to ask.

Sho-Me Technologies is proud to work with a number of Internet Service Providers to deliver Internet over our fiber optic network and we will work with you to find the best Internet solution for your business.  Please contact us for more information.

One local school is already experiencing the benefits of the project

Sho-Me MO is Making a Difference

Education, Headlines, Sho-Me MO on April 23rd, 2012 Comments Off on Sho-Me MO is Making a Difference

Here is another great success story resulting from the Sho-Me MO project: Niangua R-V Schools, located in Niangua, MO, has been in desperate need of a telecommunications upgrade for years.

The school is small and located in a rural area with only 260 students enrolled in K-12th grades. As a member of the MOREnet system, the school receives their Internet and other on-line programs from the MOREnet network. Many other school districts which are members of MOREnet have access to Ethernet over fiber optic cable; however this technology was not readily accessible at a reasonable cost in Niangua. The telecommunications infrastructure that was available in Niangua was not robust enough to allow the school to take advantage of the hi-tech applications they needed for their students.

Through the NTIA grant received by Sho-Me Technologies and in cooperation with Webster Electric of Marshfield, MO, the Sho-Me MO project was able to make Niangua Schools a Community Anchor Institution with grant funding providing for the fiber optic cable build to the school. Now they have a 100 Mb/s Ethernet connection to the MOREnet network.

“Before our recent fiber update our students and teachers were unable to utilize the technology that our district has collected over the last five years. Due to the lack of speed and connectivity, our students were unable to research effectively and our teachers were unable to provide quick learning opportunities in the classroom. With the increased bandwidth, our students are able to research more quickly and efficiently using our laptops and tablets. Our district is pushing to provide a 1 to 1 tablet environment to all students in grades 3 through 12 for the 2012-2013 school years and this would not be possible without the upgraded fiber,” said TJ Bransfield, Niangua School Superintendent.

Providers of Superior Service

Network Health Reports

Cellular and Carriers, Education, Headlines, Network Updates on March 8th, 2012 Comments Off on Network Health Reports

By: Becky Allen 

It’s grade card time!  All current Sho-Me Technologies customers will soon receive an annual review of their network performance. 

We value the trust our customers put in us, and health reports are a way to show the superior service we offer to each of them.  Most circuits on our network have an availability of 99.999% or above.

The reports list total uptime for each circuit, along with any trouble tickets that were called into our NOC during the year.  Most of these reports are delivered in person, giving us a chance to go over any outages, their causes, and the solutions for each.

Health reports are just another way that we go the extra mile for our customers.

Rural Schools Partnership Grant Opportunity

Education on February 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Rural Schools Partnership Grant Opportunity

By Becky Allen

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has put a call out encouraging local rural education partners to consider applying for a grant to fund place-based educational programs. The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Place-Based Education Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust will provide $102,500 in support this year, with the typical award amount ranging between $10,000 and $20,000. For more information about this grant opportunity or to learn more about the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Rural Schools Partnership, please visit www.cfozarks.org or www.ruralschoolspartnership.org/grants.

Keeping Missouri Schools Connected

Attention School Leaders!

Education, Headlines on January 30th, 2012 Comments Off on Attention School Leaders!

By: Jeff Byrd

It’s that time of year again.  Time to verify that your Form 470 has been filed with the Universal Services Administration Company (USAC).

The last day to file your Form 470 is February 21, 2012.  This is the first submission a school makes to the USAC organization for request of funding.  The Form 470 is the step that opens up the bidding process and allows vendors, such as Sho-Me to bid on your district’s technology opportunities. 

The program grants millions of dollars each year to schools districts and libraries across the United States for telecommunications and Internet services.  Missouri schools utilize this program and benefits from these funds.  The formula for funding is tied to the school’s free and reduced lunch program and is as follows.

% of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program URBAN LOCATION
Discount
RURAL LOCATION
Discount
If the % of students in your school that qualifies for the National School Lunch Program is… …and you are in an URBAN area, your
discount will be…
…and you are in a RURAL area, your
discount will be…
Less than 1% 20% 25%
1% to 19% 40% 50%
20% to 34% 50% 60%
35% to 49% 60% 70%
50% to 74% 80% 80%
75% to 100% 90% 90%

                         Courtesy Universal Services Administration Company

As stated above, February 21 is the final day that the Form 470 can be submitted.  Once the Form 470 is complete, the school has to allow 28 days for bid and quote submissions.  The next form to be filed is the Form 471.  This form is filed when the school district selects the winning bid and awards the project to that vendor.  The form 471 is due for submission no later than midnight on March 20, 2012.

For more information, about this program and the benefits it can provide your local school; visit the schools and library page on the USAC website.  The program does limit the role Sho-Me can take in assisting school districts with these steps as this is a bidding process.  We are always available for general questions about the program and will try to put you in touch with the right people to help.