You may be shocked to hear this, but fiber optics have existed since the late 1800s, of course they were nowhere near as sophisticated as their modern form.  It stared with extremely humble roots, being nothing more than bent glass tubes which were used to illuminate difficult to see areas during medical procedures.  However, in 1880 Alexander Graham Bell, perhaps best known as the inventor of the telephone, created something called the Photophone.  This invention allowed for the transfer of sound on a beam of light; although Bell considered this to be his greatest invention, the practical uses weren't discovered until many decades …

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What does "fiber optic" mean? Fiber optic cables are a bundle of thin glass threads, also known as the fibers, which can quickly and easily transport light waves.  Messages and information can be modulated onto these light waves, which allows fiber optic cables the ability to transmit data, this is essentially how fiber optic internet works. Now, you may be wondering, what advantage does this have over the traditional copper cables found in power lines?  Well, fiber optics have a slew of advantages over these traditional metal lines. Advantages of fiber optic internet First and perhaps most noticeably, fiber optic …

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Fiber to the home
The benefits of a complete fiber connection Fiber internet runs about five times faster than other internet sources and provides a variety of benefits to users. But did you know that not all fiber connections are 100% fiber cables? Fiber can be installed in a variety of ways including fiber to the neighborhood, fiber to the curb, and fiber to your home. Fiber to the neighborhood  Companies will install fiber cable up to the beginning of the neighborhood. From there, they connect the homes to the main fiber line using copper cables. Fiber to the curb This is similar to …

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High speed rural internet
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 …

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West Washington provides students with high speed internet access
Fast, reliable fiber Internet changes the ways of learning for students At a Washington County Economic Growth Partnership meeting, Keith Nance met with Mainstream's executive team, where they were discussing Mainstream’s mission to provide reliable, high speed, fiber Internet to rural areas of Indiana. Nance, Superintendent of the West Washington School Corporation, has been with the corporation since January of 2011. He was excited to hear more about Mainstream’s work as he thought about how West Washington School was limited to a wireless Internet that had minimal reliability and slow speeds at only 100 mbps. He set up a meeting with MSFN …

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Rural high speed internet isn’t for the birds Do you have trouble connecting with your kids, your spouse, your parents, your community, maybe even your job? Trust us, we know connection is a concern, especially when it comes to reliable internet access. We once had a customer tell us that they would drive (daily) to the local Walmart so that their child could gain a Wi-Fi connection in order to get a decent signal to complete their homework. Let’s think about this for a second. They had to disconnect from the comfort of their home and disconnect from time spent with …

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