U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would be used to connect the northern New York reservation to the Internet via high-speed broadband.
The money comes from the $787 billion stimulus act approved by Congress shortly after President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
According to the U.S. government’s website—recovery.gov—the federal money will be used by the St Regis Mohawks to link approximately 68 miles of fiber network to other broadband networks funded by the Recovery Act.
In other numbers from the web site: Nearly 4,000 people, 200 businesses and 42 community institutions will benefit from this new, high-speed Internet connection.
It’s also estimated that more than 784 jobs will be created.