Finished project provides over 100 new homes with fiber but won’t stop there
On Friday, October 27th, the community of Nashville, IN, gathered to celebrate milestones of growth for the city. Mainstream Fiber Networks completed their construction of sections of Helmsburg Road, Morrison Road, Lanam Ridge Road, and Grandma Barnes Road fiber connections. This stretch covers about 10 miles through rough, rural terrain and provides fiber to over 100 homes.
Senator Koch, who has been aiding Mainstream throughout the process, noted that CEO Bryan Gabriel has helped find innovative solutions and has taken risks that have paid off for the project. He commented that the company and community have come a long way but they are not done yet and will continue to move forward and make improvements.
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch commended the community for coming together to achieve this goal. She believes that rural Indiana is the next economic frontier in the state, but high speed internet is a necessity to get there. Crouch commented,
“I want to work with you to better our state because that is what it’s all about. We are Hoosiers. We are independent, hardworking, and we accomplish our goals.”
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John Tiernan, one of the residents receiving fiber from the recently completed project, moved to Nashville from downtown Chicago 4 years ago. He struggled for years to find an internet provider that offered quality service at a reasonable price due to the location of his home. When he first met with Mainstream Fiber Networks, he felt a “breath of fresh air” and immediately went to share the hopeful news with his neighbors. Tiernan mentioned that MSFN was always open about the challenges they were facing with construction and always kept the residents updated on its progress. He noted that because of Mainstream, he now has internet 5 times faster than he did in downtown Chicago.
“I am confident my children will have every opportunity to learn. My wife and I will be more competitive in our work and we will have better communication and security for our home”, said Tiernan.
When discussing the challenges of getting fiber to rural Indiana, Gabriel stated he started MSFN because he grew up in Brown County and saw a need and opportunity to give back to his community. He commented, “It can be done and it will be done, but it takes everyone coming together.” According to Gabriel, a new project will be starting in November covering the Bean Blossom to Fruitdale area. Once completed, it will cover an additional 6 miles and bring the total number of Brown County homes with fiber internet to around 400.