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VI Daily News: Feds visit Bureau of Technology to review grant use


vi-daily-news-online-mast-imageVI Daily News:  The U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Information Technology received representatives from the federal National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently for a review of implementation of a $515,682 federal grant towards the territory’s participation in the nationwide public safety wireless network (FirstNet).

“We gave the federal team an overview of our vision and approach to the FirstNet mission, and they reviewed our financial records, processes and controls,” Bureau of Information Technology Director Reuben Molloy said in a prepared statement.

FirstNet is an independent U.S. government authority tasked by Congress with developing, building, operating and maintaining the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. The goal is to develop a single, interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communication.

“We’re in the embryo stages,” Molloy said of developing the nationwide network. “It’s going to take about eight to 10 years to establish, but if we don’t do what we’re doing now, we won’t be prepared to participate in it.”

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The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit www.vingn.com.

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