LEAVENWORTH, Ind. – This afternoon county officials will announce a new multimillion dollar broadband project with Sen. Erin Houchin and executives from Mainstream Fiber Networks. This project will connect roughly 1,041 unserved households, 128 businesses and 25 anchor institutions in Crawford County. The project received a Next Level Connections grant in the amount roughly $3.06 million, with a local match of more than $2.71 million, for a total project cost of more than $5.77 million. When: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Where: South Crawford Elementary 346 East State Road 62 Leavenworth, IN 47137 Participants in the news conference …

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NASHVILLE, Ind. – In response to the growing need for greater Internet connectivity during the COVID-19 crisis, Hoosier fiber optic broadband company Mainstream Fiber Networks has created 11 free public Wi-Fi access points across southern Indiana. “During this challenging time we want to make sure our friends and neighbors have access to broadband when they need it most,” said Bryan Gabriel, founder and CEO of Mainstream Fiber Networks. “These public Wi-Fi access points will allow students to continue e-learning, employees to stay connected with their workplace, and families to remain in touch with loved ones.” Community members who wish to …

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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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INDIANAPOLIS —Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the Next Level Broadband program has awarded an additional $6.3 million in funding to bring the first round total to $28.4 million for 14 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state. The total first round funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 11,300 homes and commercial locations in 18 counties. “In the 21st century, high quality, affordable broadband is essential to the success of Hoosiers and our state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Economic development, the health of our citizens and our quality of life will be directly impacted by expanding broadband to these …

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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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