Lewis County plans to lease space on all of its nine emergency towers and equipment shelters to Mohawk Networks, thanks to a unanimous vote by lawmakers. This move will expand wireless services to underserved areas of Lewis County.
“I think we’re fortunate we got in right off the bat,” said Adam P. Zehr, the county’s information technology director, on Tuesday. “It’s going to be good for Lewis County.”
Mohawk Networks was recently awarded $6.4 million in state funding to expand its networks and is “willing to provide reasonable compensation,” reported the Watertown Daily Times. Mohawk Networks will pay $1 per customer served monthly to Lewis County. Annual rate renewals will be determined 60 days prior to the end of each year, an agreement that’s in effect for a five-year period.
This year, Mohawk Networks plans to increase telecommunications coverage from the Harrisville tower to reach Lake Bonaparte and expand to Chase Lake, Copenhagen, Croghan, and Montague. “Mohawk is in the process of purchasing property in Turin to house its own local business office and to build its own 450-foot tower,” the county resolution states. “Mohawk estimates at least 10 new permanent full-time jobs are being created as a result of its business expansion in Lewis County.”
In 2018, Mohawk Networks can begin leasing space from the emergency towers, provided there is no interference with communication. Per the Watertown Daily Times, expansion details including locations will be released in the fall and must target areas with little or no access to high-speed internet service plus keep the cost affordable, per stipulations of the state grant.
April 12, 2017