Jon Stouffer of Neosho has decided to sell a business that he started in 1995 and grew over 20-plus years.

Jon Stouffer of Neosho has decided to sell a business that he started in 1995 and grew over 20-plus years.
Stouffer Communications has been purchased by Belleville, Ill.-based Wisper ISP. Stouffer began the company by offering Internet service in Granby and Diamond.
Stouffer will continue to run the decades-long, family owned Granby Telephone and GTC Broadband, which provide telephone and broadband service to Granby, Diamond, Newtonia, Ritchey and other areas of rural Newton County and beyond.
Wisper ISP’s purchase of Stouffer Communications adds more than 1,500 customers to the Wisper family. Stouffer Communications is comprised of customers in the Neosho and Joplin area and allows Wisper ample opportunity for future growth.
Wisper approached Stouffer because it was looking to expand operations in Missouri, he said. “I spent a good part of my life building that business.”
Now, Stouffer said, he can concentrate on Granby Telephone and GTC Broadband.
“The Granby-Diamond operation is something I’ve been in all my life,” he said. “It lets me get back to focusing on what I’ve been doing before.
Stouffer said he looks forward to finishing his two-year plan to provide fiber-optic cable to his core area and will look to expand to other areas.
“Fiber to homes is a significant investment,” he said, adding it’s worth it to not have to worry about outages due to weather. “It future proofs our network. Once you have the fiber-optic cable in the ground, you don’t have storm damage anymore.”
Wisper’s remote offices will remain in Neosho and Joplin, according to the company. Now with a staff of 56, Wisper is considered a leader in the wireless industry because of its problem solving, customer service and experienced employees.
“This is a huge opportunity for Wisper,” CEO Nathan Stooke said. “Wisper plans to upgrade the current Stouffer network to Wisper standards and hopes to offer faster speeds in the future.”
Wisper is an Internet service provider serving residential and business customers in rural and metropolitan communities. It offers Internet, VoIP and a variety of custom solutions. Recently named one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in St. Louis, it prides itself on a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating.