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VI Consortium: Community invited to “Clip the Ship” as IT Intrepid Begins Laying of viNGN’s Submarine Fiber Optic Cable

Be a part of the USVI Technological Revolution and “Clip the Ship” – The International Telecoms ship (IT Intrepid), has begun its journey from South America to the U.S. Virgin Islands to begin its mission of laying our submarine fiber optic cable, linking St. Thomas and St. Croix! Similar to a freight ship, the IT Intrepid spans approximately 300 feet, with a crew of 15-30 people (including the captain, technical specialists, divers and others with specialized roles).

The fiber optic cables are expected to reach depths of 12,000-15,000 ft., and numerous sea craft are also on board the ship: submarine robots, designed to avoid undersea terrain obstacles and coral reefs. Two cables capable of 10Gbp+ capacity will be laid to ensure network redundancy (currently, viNGN leases 2.5Gbps interisland capacity from AT&T).

This is a huge milestone and a community event – we invite everyone to keep an eye out for the IT Intrepid, and “Clip the Ship” – snap photos or shoot videos, and post on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. with the hashtag #viNextGen. We’ll be looking for your shares of this historic passage and fulfillment of a fully inter-connected U.S. Virgin Islands!


About vingn

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


One thought on “VI Consortium: Community invited to “Clip the Ship” as IT Intrepid Begins Laying of viNGN’s Submarine Fiber Optic Cable

  1. How many feet? What is the cost ? Also how is it being paid?

    Posted by Chris | August 3, 2015, 7:46 am

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