Today marks the end of Mainstream Fiber's Follow the Fiber event; an interactive scavenger hunt through Harrison County along our soon to be completed 115 mile mainline fiber loop. There were a number of different spots with QR codes scattered throughout Harrison County, and scanning the code brought you to a web page where you would learn about the history of fiber optics and the history of Mainstream Fiber. The event was a rousing success, with a number of participants!  However, despite the amount of participation, there were only 3 who were able to complete the entire scavenger hunt and …

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The Race is On!

Our Follow the Fiber event, a scavenger hunt through Harrison County, is well under way, but although we've had several entrants, none have crossed the finish line; meaning that the 5 $50 Visa gift cards are still up for grabs to the 5 fastest people to complete the course! Not only that, but we've decided to also add an additional 15 gift bags filled to the brim with great Mainstream Fiber loot to be given to the first 15 finishes of the course.  Plus, there might even be more surprises in store for participants as the week moves forward! But …

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Beginning on Wednesday, July 25th next week, and concluding on August 1st, Mainstream Fiber is organizing a scavenger hunt in Harrison County called "Follow the Fiber". What is "Follow the Fiber?"  Well, you may have noticed our trucks and workers all along Harrison County, building a fiber optic infrastructure, this has all been to finish the Harrison County Loop, a massive project where we built over 115 miles of fiber optic infrastructure all around Harrison County, and the loop itself is getting close to being finished.  In order to celebrate, we've decided to put on this event.  As stated above, …

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Although Mainstream Fiber's fiber optic internet cable can transfer data at a phenomenal rate (at speeds nearing the speed of light), sometimes the wireless network it arrives on can slow it down significantly.  Here, I'll try to explain why this might be happening, as well as give you potential solutions on how to fix it and make sure that your speed is exactly as fast as you need it. Wired vs Wireless The simplest way to avoid internet slowdown is to not use a wireless network, but to instead run an Ethernet cable from your router to your device.  Ethernet cables …

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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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