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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