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Sho-Me Technologies Celebrates 20 Years!

What started as a network implemented for Sho-Me Power’s internal use has grown to encompass nearly 5,000 miles of fiber across south-central and southeast Missouri. Prior to fiber, Sho-Me relied on a microwave system to communicate with our power substations and cooperatives. The introduction of PCS mobile phones forced us to vacate the frequency we were using for our microwave radios.

At that point, Sho-Me was faced with a choice: Either change to another frequency and keep using the microwave system or find a new way to communicate. We knew we needed an extremely resilient network in place in order to provide the mission-critical services required to keep the lights on.

Rather than just changing the frequency, it was decided to use fiber optic technology for our communications. The board of directors at Sho-Me Power had the vision to not only provide a robust network for our own internal needs, but to make the same high quality, high bandwidth technology available to the members we serve in rural Missouri. Our board knew that other businesses in our service area could benefit from the fiber optic network.

As our network continues to grow, we remain focused on the success of the schools and businesses in our service territory. We owe our success to the visionaries on Sho-Me Power’s board; our amazing coops; our dedicated employees; reliable last mile providers; and of course, our incredible customers who put their trust in us day after day, year after year. Here’s to another 20 years!

Co-Location Opportunities

Is 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

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?

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 We look forward to hearing from you!

Sho-Me Power Appoints New CEO / General Manager

Sho-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.