The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting on a dust-up between firms working to expand broadband internet access in the North Country and the utility firm National Grid.
At issue is the price National Grid charges customers for the use of its utility polls.
Niagara Mohawk, which does business as National Grid, reached agreements with the network providers in December, and pole-usage rates were set.
The entities developed their build-out plans and customer rates based on those costs.
But they were told by National Grid in January that it was raising its usage rates, which they say will cost them an extra $3.5 million they didn’t count on.
The broadband firms have appealed the rate hike to the Public Service Commission.