VI Source: VINGN Board Approves Contracts for Maintenance and Network Gear

Photo: Dr. Peter Schultz on board ‪‎ITIntrepid‬, in the ‪USVI‬ laying ‎fiberoptic‬ ‪‎subsea cable‬ (08/15)

The Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN) met Wednesday and approved a contract with Engines LLC to purchase additional equipment to enable local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect to viNGN. Approval was also received to enter into a contract with Import Supply for generator repairs and maintenance at viNGN’s Fiber Access Points (FAPs) throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network now maintains the nation’s only 100% fiber optic network within a jurisdiction that is fully interconnected (between St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island) –  a middle-mile network established as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a nationwide initiative. The territory qualified for and completed all 4 grants:

CCI – Comprehensive Community Infrastructure, creating a completely interconnected community with emphasis on our Community Anchor Institutions and strengthening our connections to the world via undersea cables to Florida and New York

PCC – Public Computer Centers, for the creation of 33 free public computer centers in the USVI

SBA – Sustainable Broadband Adoption, for digital literacy and job skills training support

SBDD – State Broadband Data Development, project planning and implementation to qualify the USVI for placement on the nationwide broadband map


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