Mainstream Fiber Networks plans rapid Indiana fiber-optic expansion with Searchlight Capital investment

(UI) – Mainstream Fiber Networks is rapidly expanding high-speed broadband access to thousands of unserved and underserved rural Hoosier communities thanks to a new strategic investment from global private investment firm Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.

Since 2012, Indiana-based Mainstream has been the leading provider of reliable, affordable fiber-optic Internet service throughout rural Indiana. Mainstream already is a trusted partner of the State of Indiana through the Next Level Connections Broadband initiative, having received more than $19 million in grant funding to bring Internet access to previously unserved and underserved areas.

With Searchlight’s support, Mainstream will grow its public-private collaborative efforts to bring Internet access to areas of the state that for too long have been left behind in digital service.

“We firmly believe access to high-speed fiber optic Internet is essential for all communities and businesses – but specifically those in rural areas – to stay competitive and successful in today’s digital economy. In fact, Mainstream was founded specifically to connect Hoosiers in digital deserts that exist in communities across the state. That will continue to be our mission,” said Mainstream founder and CEO Bryan Gabriel. “Searchlight stands out as a leading investor in broadband networks throughout North America, and its commitment to bridging the digital divide is evident in its status as one of the largest builders of residential fiber networks in the United States. This investment will empower Mainstream to further our ambitious expansion plans and work with local governments that are actively seeking a reliable partner capable of delivering best-in-class fiber connectivity to all their residents and businesses."

The investment is also anticipated to create numerous job opportunities across the state as Mainstream expands service to new markets.

Mainstream currently serves eight counties across the state and is headquartered in Nashville, Indiana with regional offices in Corydon, Fowler, and Newburgh, Indiana.  

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