North Country internet providers getting over $20 million in government money to expand high speed internet access
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 5:29 pm

Revised 5:15 p.m. Aug. 13 to include number of locations in St. Lawrence County getting broadband access.

Two North Country internet providers are getting over $20 million from the FCC’s Connect America Fund to expand rural fiber-based high speed internet access.

SLIC Network Solutions is getting $11.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband internet access to 4,610 rural homes and businesses, 625 of which will be in St. Lawrence County, ESD said.

Verizon is getting $18.5 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 7,767 rural homes and businesses, 1,088 of those will be in St. Lawrence County, ESD said.

ESD said both are to install internet access with a download speed of at least 100 megabits per second and upload speeds of 20 megabits per second.