An Indiana-based internet provider has plans to improve rural internet access, and it hopes to secure jobs for Hoosier veterans while doing so.
Rural communities across Indiana have limited access to reliable internet. Internet service costs more in remote locations. Even when it is available, it can be too slow to use for basic needs.
The project is a partnership between fiber optic internet company Mainstream and national infrastructure company AmeriCrew. Most AmeriCrew employees are military veterans. The two companies will work together on the installation and expansion of broadband across the state.
Zach Stephens is Mainstream Fiber Networks’ External Development Director. He said this partnership will make broadband access more equitable.
“Those rural communities that are unfortunately paying more for less right now get the opportunity to be on a level playing field with those larger more populated communities that may have a more robust internet service market,” Stephens said.
AmeriCrew works with regional military organizations to support veterans transitioning home.
Stephens said the collaboration will not only provide fast and affordable broadband connections to rural communities, but it will equip Hoosier veterans with skilled certifications and high demand careers moving forward.