NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: Ennískó:wa/March 2, 2017 For more information: Brendan F. White Director of Communications Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Tel: (518) 358-2272 Alicia Tucker Branding & Marketing Mohawk Networks, LLC Tel: (518) 358-2015 Mohawk Networks, LLC Awarded $6.4 Million Grant from New NY Broadband Tribally Owned Enterprise to Expand Broadband Service to
“Increasing access to broadband is a key economic priority for our region and I applaud this grant announcement from Governor Cuomo,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I will continue to work in Congress to develop our broadband capabilities so that we can increase commerce and grow opportunities for families across our district.” Read the full article at:
Senator Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Help Close Broadband Gap In Upstate New York’s Rural Areas
With Close To 48,000 North Country Residents Lacking Access to High-Speed Internet, Senator Gillibrand’s Bill Would Create New Opportunities to Finance Rural Broadband Projects
It can be very expensive for service providers like Westelcom in Watertown to bring high speed Internet to every corner of the north country. "It costs us $15,000 to $20,000 per mile to build out the fiber. If there's only a couple of businesses or homes within that mile, then the cost per customer goes up," said Paul Barton, president of Westelcom. That's why U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring a bill to get more funds for companies that provide broadband service to rural areas.
Two broadband providers met with Franklin County legislators on Thursday to discuss the possibility of leasing access to the county’s 911 towers and shelter space for their equipment at tower sites.
There are areas of the north country that still have no access to fiber-optic Internet services, and Bombay-based Mohawk Networks LLC is hoping to offer an alternative that will be less expensive to operate.