Across the US, bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas has become a major focus for communities and all levels of government. Where does Indiana stack up in these efforts? In tracking high-speed internet access across the United States, the FCC relies on census reporting from internet providers as to what types (wireless, satellite, fiber, etc.) and speeds of internet are available in each location. Our mission at Mainstream is to connect rural areas to fast, reliable internet, so as we go through this data, we will focus on the rural access to a broadband connection, which the …

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The Southern Indiana Bacon & Blues Festival had a great turn out if you missed it. This year Mainstream was a Porker Sponsor for the event. The weather was beautiful on Saturday, Oct 5th, they had live music and lots of vendors. Mainstream was one of those vendors spreading the news about our new speed services! As for Sunday Oct 6th, it was a bit cloudy and rained but it still turned out to be a great afternoon to enjoy some Bacon & Blues music. For those who visited our booth, Thank you for supporting the Elizabeth Lions Club and …

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Mainstream Fiber Networks had the fortunate opportunity to be featured in a BroadbandNow article, 9 Community Fiber Internet Success Stories, detailing the accomplishments of local fiber internet brands and their social and economic impacts on communities. Having the chance to spread the word about our impact on communities on a highly-regarded website like broadbandnow.com goes to show that Mainstream is continuing to move in the right direction! What really matters is that communities continue to be educated on fiber broadband, its technological benefits, and how it can enhance the value of homes, businesses, schools, medical centers, local government buildings, and …

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If the rain didn't keep you inside, you may have seen our booth during the past week at the Harrison County Agricultural Fair.  We were lucky enough to have a booth inside where it was dry, and we were also fortunate enough to have dry sunny days for the later part of the week. The team at Mainstream Fiber Networks loves going out to these events and meeting all the people in the areas we serve, as well as meeting some people from neighboring areas we hope to expand to.  As always we appreciated meeting everyone who stopped by to …

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Yesterday was the start of the Harrison County Agricultural Fair, the oldest continuous fair in Indiana.  Just like last year, we will be there at our booth enjoying the fair atmosphere and sharing information about fiber optic internet.  Last year's fair was a joy to attend and we look forward to seeing all of you again or meeting you for the first time! If you're there, make sure to visit our booth to learn about Mainstream and our process, meet the team, and enter to win a cooler full of s'more making goodies and some lawn chairs! We'll be there …

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If the rain didn't keep you inside, you may have seen our booth over the weekend at the Floyd County 4-H Fair.  We were there, rain or shine (and fortunately it was mostly shine), all weekend, and had a blast!  We especially enjoyed meeting everyone from around the community and learning more about Floyd County. We also had a drawing of a cooler full of summer fun goodies, and we're happy to announce that we have drawn a winner: Jessica Henderson!  Congratulations Jessica! Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make the event such a success.  We hope …

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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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