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VI Daily News: Ship bringing connectivity to St. Thomas, St. Croix


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ITTelecom.com – if you see IT Intrepid, “Clip the Ship” with the hashtag #viNextGen

(VI Daily News) – The 300-foot International Telecoms (IT) Intrepid was spotted by the Virgin Islands Daily News while docked at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal at Crown Bay as the vessel was being prepared to lay the 100% fiber optic subsea cable that will connect St. Croix and St. Thomas.

The ship is submerging the cables to depths of 12,000 to 15,000 feet using underwater robots and a specialized craft in an effort to avoid damage to coral reefs and navigate the undersea landscape safely. The crew includes technical specialists, divers, cable personnel and the captain.

Two 10+ gigabyte cables are being installed to ensure provide extensible network capacity and redundancy.

The community is being invited to “Clip the Ship” – take a picture or shoot video from the shore to chronicle the passage of IT Intrepid, and share on social media with the hashtag #viNextGen.

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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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