The Story of Patriot Broadband: an internet solution for rural America

A few years ago, Rodney Ballance decided enough was enough. He was tired of struggling with satellite internet, tired of not being able to check his email at home, and tired of paying crazy fees for high-speed internet that wasn’t nearly high-speed.

He figured if he was frustrated then his neighbors must be too and he set out to find a solution. Rodney did his research, he learned about internet technology, discovered options in his community and talked to people. Finally, in October 2016 he called a meeting at his local community center. He asked the attendees if they would be interested in signing on as customers of his new business Patriot Broadband (formerly TaneyNet) which used a combination of fiber optic connections and high frequency radio waves to deliver internet to homes, business and public places via a simple router.

Almost everyone who attended signed up, and in less than a month Rodney had more than 100 subscribers.

“Of course, I’m proud to have so quickly gained subscribers,” Rodney says. “But what makes me happier is that my customers remain my customers unless they move – everyone is happy with their internet now.”

Always looking for ways to help more people and more communities, this year Rodney partnered with investors to begin franchising Patriot Broadband.

“I wish more people knew about the rural broadband crisis,” Rodney says. “This is a real problem right in our backyard and only we can step up and solve it.”

Now that Rodney has discovered a way to help his own community, he’s invested in helping other entrepreneurs offer this necessary resource to their neighbors.

“I never realized how essential the internet was to my daily life until I didn’t have it,” says Rodney as he remembers his move to rural Missouri. “What most people take for granted is extremely hard to come by out here and the options from satellite are often extremely expensive or unreliable or both.”

Rodney’s customers, one of which is retired Missouri Legislator Lyle Rowland are satisfied and thankful for Patriot Broadband.

“There are thousands of square miles that are desolate out here. It just isn’t cost effective for a big company to come out and lay miles of cable with only a few customers,” says Lyle. “It’s a crisis really. Our people who choose to live in rural areas have never had access to quality internet. Patriot is eliminating that issue.”

Learn more about Patriot Broadband at

If you’re interested in being your own local hometown internet hero (or know someone who might be) visit

Or, if you don’t have the best internet access (maybe you’re dealing with spotty satellite service!) but you’d like more information please call: (417) 344-4277.

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