Latest updates include local ISPs working with viNGN and continued development and support of Public Computing Centers (PCCs)
St. Thomas – At the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network’s (viNGN) Board Meeting held on Thursday, June 1, Governor Kenneth Mapp and Board Members received an update from viNGN President and CEO Dr. Mark McGibbon around the company’s recent accomplishments and the progress being made by viNGN and its work with the territory’s local Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Dr. McGibbon updated the Board around the company’s success towards increasing the number of local ISPs that are now working with viNGN to provide residents, businesses, as well government agencies and community organizations access to the viNGN all fiber optic broadband network. Dr. McGibbon indicated that viNGN has increased its partnership number to twelve (12) local ISPs,that are now working with the company.
Dr. McGibbon also used Thursday’s Board Meeting to correct some continued misconceptions and used the opportunity to clarify what viNGN is, what the company is focused on providing and the role it plays, as well as the services that viNGN provides to the territory.
viNGN is a “middle mile provider” of wholesale broadband Internet bandwidth throughout the territory and provides access to that bandwidth to Virgin Islands’ local ISPs who then in turn provide that service to the community at large. The local ISPs currently working with viNGN include Broadband VI, Orbitel, Surge Broadband, Cable System Services VI, FirstPhase DataComm, One Stop Wireless, ADM Wireless, Smartnet/Alliance, UVI, High Tide Solutions, Omni Systems, and the Bureau of Information Technology.
Board Members were also briefed on the re-launch of the newly updated viNGN Website that also now has the addition of ePayment America, which will allow Local ISP Customers to pay their invoices online.
Dr. McGibbon also updated the Board on the addition of an Enterprise Architect to the viNGN team, who is focused on helping local ISP customers to conduct business development with businesses, residents and the government. He also announced the beginning of viNGN’s search to identify a Chief Information Security Officer to add additional Security to viNGN’s already robustly secured platform, which will help to develop training and security exercises.
Additionally, Dr. McGibbon also updated Board Members on the continued work around the territory’s Public Computing Centers (PCCs), which include 22 Virgin Islands’ Government Agencies and 11 Non-Profit Organizations. Recent upgrades to the PCCs include the replacement of five (5) computers (which includes monitors, keyboards, mice, etc.)
Also highlighted during the Board Meeting was some of the progress being made by the PCCs, including specific examples of individuals who have taken advantage of access to the centers and the training courses currently available to the local community. It was also announced that, PCC Manager Anita Davis, who assists with administration of the Public Computing Centers for viNGN, with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers, is also continuing to develop the recently announced viNGN Mobile PCC Lab, which 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.
Additional information on free online and live USVI digital learning opportunities continue to be made available and residents can sign up for PCC Alerts for delivery to their email inbox by contacting Ms. Anita Davis at 340-715-8581 x2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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, which was originally called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and is now designated as Broadband USA. For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit http://www.vingn.com.