As they say, good things do come to those who wait. We strived to have plans for unforeseen circumstances before we began construction, but like so many other industries, our supply chain was impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Despite some setbacks, we’re elated to announce that Phase 1 of Warrick County is now available for sign-ups! The areas in Warrick County that are available for sign-ups are defined in dark orange of the county map on our website. To sign up, you’ll need to click on the Sign Up tab located on the menu at the top of the page. …

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Hey Warrick, let’s connect. Over the past few months, the question on everyone’s mind is, “When will service be available in my neighborhood?” Mainstream Fiber Networks is excited to bring fast, reliable fiber optic internet to your community! Like so many other industries, our supply chain was impacted by COVID-19. Despite these unavoidable delays, our crews are working with state and federal guidelines to make up for that lost time and ensure we get you connected as soon and as safely as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and enthusiasm! In celebration of a much delayed Grand Opening of …

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When constructing our fiber optic network, we use a combination of aerial and underground construction. While many customers understand how aerial construction works, we often get several questions about how we install underground. Here we’ll address some of those questions. What to Expect During Installation When installing fiber optic to your home, we generally follow existing utilities in the area, either aerial or underground. If it is determined that a new fiber optic cable needs to be installed underground, a technician will contact you to ask some questions about your property. Some of these questions include: Do you have a …

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Here at Mainstream, we provide valuable fast, reliable, and affordable fiber optic internet.  The best part? We’re local and we value our customers. When you contact one of our employees you will be speaking to someone from the local community with your best interest in mind. It has come to our attention that certain individuals who are not associated with Mainstream may be falsely claiming that they not only work with us, but offer services or prices that are inaccurate.  In order to clear up any confusion caused by this, here is a list of ways to know that you …

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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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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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