Broadband Benton County
Mainstream Fiber Networks, alongside Benton County, has received a Next Level Broadband grant from the state of Indiana for approximately $3 million, with a local match of $3.2 million. We are honored and excited to be able to help service Benton County with reliable broadband access, as this is the core of our mission: to bring affordable, reliable broadband into unserved or underserved areas.
As we are still in the preliminary stages of this project, information regarding the service route and timelines are not currently available. We will continue to update this page as work progresses, so please, look to this page for future updates.
In the meantime, by joining our Quick Connect List, you will receive updates as service becomes available in your area.
WHAT IS NEXT LEVEL BROADBAND?
Mainstream Fiber Networks has been awarded a grant in the amount of $3 million with a local match of nearly $3.2 million for a total project cost of more than $6.2 million. This project will serve approximately 2,435 unserved households and 554 unserved businesses in Benton County.
WHO IS MAINSTREAM?
We are a locally owned and operated fiber optic internet provider based out of Nashville, Indiana. Our local team is dedicated to delivering comprehensive community infrastructure and a superior broadband solution to rural communities throughout Indiana.
We now have a Benton County Regional Office, located at 109 S Grant Ave, in Fowler. Please come and visit us if you have any questions!
WHAT CAN I DO?
By joining the Quick Connect List, you will show us your interest and will allow us to easily be able to keep you updated as the project advances, plus you will be the first to know when service is available in your area! It also helps us know where we need to expand our network in order to best service your community.
Our fiber optic internet and voice solutions are available to any home within these areas. Residents can sign up to be connected at any time!
Service is coming soon! You are able to sign up for service. Construction of our network infrastructure is currently in progress. Those who join the list early will be the first in the area to be notified and connected.
These areas are being considered for service expansion. In order to get connected, we require more interest through our Quick Connect List to construct in these neighborhoods, or we are in the primary phases of expanding. Neighbors here should join the list, spread the word, and follow their zone! Proactive neighborhood zones get connected first, and those who join the Quick Connect List will receive service updates.
Some areas are not covered by our map. We may simply not be close enough with our mainline network yet, or we have had very little interest shown in these neighborhoods. Many factors go into the design and construction of our network, so when neighbors show us where the most interest is, it tells us where to expand our service.
The map is provided to you for informational purposes only and shows the current status of the project. The map will be updated as the project progresses, changes are made, and expansion areas added based on community interest.
Don’t see our service in your neighborhood on the map? We expand based on interest. Joining our Quick Connect List will keep you informed of the project and tell us where to expand next.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY IS BENTON COUNTY BROADBAND IMPORTANT?
Of 92 counties, Benton County is the second least served county in the state of Indiana in terms of broadband connectivity. This means that the vast majority of the county does not have unlimited access to a reliable connection of at least 10 mbps upload speed at an affordable rate. Mainstream speeds start at 100 mbps, which is 10x the speed with no data capping!
WHAT SERVICES WILL BE OFFERED?
Mainstream offers two residential internet speeds and voice services with unlimited usage, simplified billing, and a 100% fiber optic connection delivered directly to each residence. Business Fiber and Dedicated Fiber services will be available to small and large businesses at custom package offerings.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SERVICE COST?
Our Unleashed and Unlimited plan offers 1 Gpbs for $69.95, and our Choice Unlimited plan offers 50 mbps for $49.95 a month. Both plans have no additional fees and locked monthly rates for the full term of the contract. For more details on our service plans, our Residential Services page.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE INSTALLATION COST?
Current standard installation with Mainstream is $200.00. During the installation, an installation technician runs a fiber cable from the mainline directly to the side of your home. Equipment is then placed, specifically, a Network Interface Device (NID) is put on the exterior of the residence, and is connected to a Wi-Fi router that is placed inside the house.
HOW RELIABLE IS THE SERVICE? IS IT AFFECTED BY WEATHER?
Fiber optic service is the most reliable type of internet service available because the cables are often on the same poles as your electrical wires, or they are buried underground, meaning that so long as you have electricity, you should have service. Typically the service is only interrupted by a true break in the cable or regular network upgrades.
WHO PAYS FOR INSTALLATION TO MY HOME OR BUSINESS?
As part of the partnership project and future expansions, Mainstream covers the cost of construction for installing the mainline fiber cables in your neighborhood zone. You are then responsible for the cost of installation from the mainline cable to your home, this is included in the standard installation cost.
WILL I NEED TO PURCHASE ANY EQUIPMENT?
All equipment to get the service into your home is provided by and warranted through Mainstream Fiber Networks. However, if you would like additional Wi-Fi coverage or other options, you would need to purchase separate equipment. We offer a managed Wi-Fi option for $14.95 per month that includes a Wi-Fi router fully managed and supported by Mainstream. You can also bring your own router for no additional charge. Visit our Residential Services page for more information.