ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has embarked on strong recovery efforts to support local Internet Service Providers, re-establish communications for government agencies (through the Bureau of Information Technology), local Internet Service Providers, and provide free Wi-Fi hot spots for the community.
As a wholesale broadband services provider that interconnects the islands of St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island and also connects the U.S. Virgin Islands to the world via 100% fiber optic undersea cables, viNGN does not deliver Internet services directly to customers in homes and businesses; this role is filled by established Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that partner with viNGN.
As the United States Virgin Islands and our neighboring sister islands begin the long road to recovery following these major tropical weather events, our patience, strength and perseverance will be tested. Psychologically, we may be drained. Our physical infrastructure has taken a severe beating – homes, businesses, communications, institutions, the very roads that we travel.
Our routines and emotional touchstones have been pushed out of alignment – the lack of modern conveniences that help us go about our days and nights, uncertainty of the future, educational and professional challenges. Many are still shell-shocked from the trauma of the storms themselves, in addition to being the caretakers to young ones, aging parents, family, friends or persons with special needs. Most tragic of all, there are those who are also struggling with the loss of a loved one during the course of these recent catastrophes. Words cannot express the depth of our condolences to these families and friends. Continue reading