Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), viNGN releases

viNGN Announces New Mobile Public Computer Center Lab


Latest Initiative will Provide Enhanced Access to Public Computers Use and Educational Training Opportunities for VI Residents

viNGN’s Anita Davis (PCC Manager) and Pamela Finley (Communications Director) prepare new Chromebooks for community service

St. Thomas – The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN) announced its latest initiative with the addition of the Mobile Public Computer Center (PCC) Lab, which will help to enhance public computer access for Virgin Islands residents to the viNGN network, while also providing additional educational training opportunities.
The associated equipment for the Mobile PCC Lab, which viNGN has begun to receive delivery to the territory this week, will include ten (10) Chromebooks, computer mice, and a mini-projector and will allow for the Chromebooks to be used to enhance the number of available stations for future PCC Training Events, while residents continue to utilize the territory’s existing free PCCs, which provide Wi-Fi service.

The Mobile PCC Lab will allow on-the-go, “computer literacy training” and “basic computer science related demonstrations,” at any location where a Wi-Fi Internet connection is available. “viNGN often receives requests to provide training outside of the PCCs and the Mobile PCC Lab is a hardware enabler to provide impromptu computer literacy training in any PCC, viNGN training space, or a location where Wi-Fi is available,” said viNGN PCC Manager, Ms. Anita Davis.

viNGN invites the USVI community to experience a hands-on Chromebook introductory lesson by attending one or more of viNGN’s special training events, which are posted at https://vingn.wordpress.com/events/.

In combination with Mobile PCC Lab, residents also have access to the existing thirty-three (33) PCCs located throughout the territory, which also offer free High Speed Wi-Fi service. Any person who visits a PCC has the option of using one of the PCC’s computer workstations or they can also use their own personal computing device such as a laptop, iPad, Chromebook, smart phone, etc. To find the PCC located nearest to you, please visit http://vingn.com/pcc.aspx

The Mobile PCC Lab was developed through a collaborative effort between Dr. H. Mark McGibbon (viNGN President and CEO), Ms. Anita Davis (viNGN PCC Manager) and Ms. Emy Tseng (Broadband USA, a division of National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)).

During the recent 2017 Digital Inclusion Week, Broadband USA’s, Ms. Tseng cited viNGN as a top-in-class business model for dedicating a full-time PCC Manager as well as the many wonderful PCC Volunteers, who continuously improve the computer digital literacy throughout the community. Further, Ms. Tseng continues to provide viNGN with free advice via webinars, emails, and telephone discussions to help increase USVI’s digital literacy and broadband adoption, which includes her most recent advice around the creation of the Mobile PCC Lab.

For more information on free and live USVI digital learning opportunities or to sign up for PCC Alerts for delivery to your email inbox – please contact Ms. Anita Davis at 340-715-8581 x2244 or adavis@vingn.com.

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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 http://www.vingn.com.

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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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