Navajo Nation set to lose Internet service

The Navajo Nation is set to lose Internet service from its Utah-based provider.

The tribe contracted with OnSat Network Communications to provide service to the reservation. But an audit last summer showed the tribe may have been overcharged by $470,000 by the company,

The audit prompted Universal Service Administration Co., an independent corporation that administers funds for services like OnSat's, to withhold $2.1 million from OnSat. The company says it won't be able to provide service to the Navajo Nation as a result.

The audit also raised questions about $185,000 in unnecessary purchases related to OnSat's contract and whether tribal officials broke procurement laws in dealing with the company.

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