Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), viNGN in the News

viNGN featured in June-July 2017 issue of Business View Caribbean


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Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) President and CEO Dr. Mark McGibbon recently discussed the company’s commitment to the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and viNGN’s progress towards fiber delivery to homes, and businesses, throughout the territory, in the recent June/July edition of Business View Magazine Caribbean. The featured article highlighted viNGN’s work as a wholesale broadband internet bandwidth provider that supplies bandwidth to the territory’s local Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which in turn are now able to provide affordable high-speed internet services to the residences, businesses and government customers of the islands.

The featured article shares, in detail, the benefits that the Virgin Islands’ community now derives from the viNGN Broadband Network, which was made possible through the completion of 4 major grants from the nation-wide Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, also known as BTOP. The U.S Virgin Islands was the only applicant to qualify for, and secure all four (4) Grants: State Broadband Data Development; Comprehensive Community Infrastructure; Public Computer Centers; and Sustainable Broadband Adoption, which helped the territory to build the 100% Fiber Optic High Speed Network.

Also highlighted are the contributions of viNGN staff members from the early days of implementation to today’s network expansion efforts; the viNGN Board of Directors, including Secretary Dr. Peter C. Schultz (who is a co-founder of fiber optic technology), viNGN Chairman and USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp, and viNGN Deputy Chairwoman Elizabeth Armstrong, as well as viNGN’s ongoing commitment to the goal of facilitating high-speed, quality internet service for every home, business and institution in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dr. McGibbon welcomed the coverage of viNGN by the business magazine. “We’re very pleased to have an opportunity to increase our exposure and let more people know about the benefits viNGN is currently bringing to the territory, as well as the ongoing work that our dedicated team continues to do in the community”, said McGibbon. To read the entire article online, “Virgin Islands Next Generation Network – Connecting the VI to the World” go to: http://www.businessviewcaribbean.com/digital-magazines/jun-2017/#60-61

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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 www.vingn.com.

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