St. Regis Mohawks get $6.4M for NNY high speed internet

AKWESASNE, N.Y. – The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has received $6.4 million from New York State to expand accessibility to high speed internet in Northern New York.

The tribe is building internet through its telecommunications company – Mohawk Networks LLC – to reach New York households that are not served and under served by broadband. The company has two branches – North Country Broadband and Akwesasne TV.

The money, which came from the second round of the New NY Broadband Program, will be used by North Country Broadband to put up five towers in Lewis County, east of Watertown, N.Y.

Mohawk Networks LLC President Jeff Beekhoo says it will be serving broadband internet to 3,623 homes in Northern New York by the end of 2018.

As for what consumers can expect to pay, based on its current pricing for other communities, it’s roughly $42 U.S. a month for unlimited 10 Mbps service and, at the top end, $100 U.S. a month for unlimited 50 Mbps service.

The tribe also has plans to service Clinton County — an area from from Chateaugay to Plattsburgh and south to Wilmington, N.Y.