Mohawk Networks LLC https://mohawk-networks.com recently received $6.4 million in funding through the New York Broadband Program https://www.ny.gov/programs/broadband-all. The program’s Round II funding for $268 million concentrates on public-private investments to ensure that unserved and underserved in New York have access to high speed broadband services.
Through the Mohawk Networks subsidiary, North Country Broadband, the Tribe will immediately expand their wireless technology in the Lewis County census block. The first stage of the grant will activate five towers in Lewis County and by the end of 2018, it is expected that services will be available to 3,623 homes.
The average cost per household to deploy wireless technology is $1,700 which is far less than the traditional method of laying miles of fiber. Discussions are currently underway with Clinton County legislators regarding the expansion of Mohawk Network’s broadband infrastructure to Clinton County by the end of 2018.
New York is making the largest investment in universal broadband deployment at $500 million. The $500 million NY Broadband Program is funded through capital resources from bank settlements to incentivize the private sector to expand high speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas.