Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and a crowd of about 60 others commemorated Brown County’s ongoing fiber-optic broadband internet initiative Friday.
Crouch praised the Brown County broadband task force and all organizations involved, including Mainstream Fiber Networks and the National Forest Service.
“Abraham Lincoln said, ‘the fact that some can achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve also.’ And you here, in Nashville, have achieved great success,” she says.
Crouch emphasized the importance of grassroots organizing efforts in community initiatives like Brown County’s push for broadband.
“Government may light the path, but it is always the hard-working men and women who are taking the risks and making the sacrifices that move your communities forward, and quite honestly, move our state forward,” Crouch says.
Fiber-optic broadband internet is available through more than 10 miles of fiber to customers on eight roads in Nashville. CEO of Mainstream Fiber Networks Bryan Gabriel says his company has invested almost $950,000 in Brown County in the last six months alone.
John Tiernan moved to Nashville four years ago with his wife and two young children. Kiernan says as telecommuters they needed a fast and reliable internet connection and many internet providers didn’t service the Brown County area.
Tiernan says that he and his wife can now reliably video chat with their children while away on business trips – something that was next to impossible with the slow internet they had before.
“We now have internet speed on Grandma Barnes Road that rivals the fastest internet in the country,” he says.
Mainstream Fiber Networks installs high-speed internet based on demand, which requires people in the same neighborhood to take an online survey to show interest.