viNGN releases

Hurricane Irma Message from viNGN CEO Dr. Mark McGibbon


An Important Message from Virgin Islands Next Generation Network President and CEO Dr. Mark McGibbon

Dear Fellow Virgin Islanders:

As the United States Virgin Islands and our neighboring sister islands prepare for the impact of the incoming Hurricane Irma, the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) remains an active participant in all Emergency Operation Center preparedness meetings with the Virgin Islands Territorial Management Agency (VITEMA), alongside Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp and VITEMA Director Mona Barnes.

While viNGN is dependent upon the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) as its primary source of energy for day-to-day operations, we want our customers to know that the viNGN network infrastructure is also supported with power redundancy. To help guarantee continuous broadband Internet bandwidth to our Internet Service Provider (ISP) partners, viNGN utilizes both standby generators and short-term battery backups.

We urge the public to be prepared and follow all official instructions to ensure the utmost safety for our Virgin Islands community now, during the Hurricane Irma event, and through to any needed recovery period.

Following the official “ALL CLEAR” from Government House, viNGN personnel will immediately commence any necessary network restoration service coordination with our local ISPs, as quickly as possible.

Local Internet customers may also contact their ISP directly for updates in case of any internet outages (in alphabetical order):

ADM Wireless
Website: http://www.admtechinc.com/
Phone: (340) 776-5480

Alliance Data Services (dba Smartnet)
Website: http://www.smartnet.vi/
Phone: (340) 715-4819

Broadband VI
Website: http://www.broadband.vi/
Phone: (340) 719-2943/774-5780

Choice Wireless (now Viya)
Website: https://viyavi.com/
Phone: (340) 777-VIYA (8492)

First Phase Datacomm
Website: http://www.firstphasevi.com
Phone: (340) 774-3282

High Tide Solutions, LLC
Website: http://www.htsvi.net/
Phone: (340) 692-7811

OmniSystems, Inc.
Website: http://www.omnisystems.com/
Phone: (800) 207-OMNI (6664)

One Stop Wireless
Website: http://www.onestopwirelessvi.com/
Phone: (340) 727-2999/(305) 394-0086

Surge Broadband
Website: http://www.surgebroadband.com/
Phone: (855) 697-8743

From the entire viNGN family, we wish our fellow Virgin Islanders the best of luck during and after Hurricane Irma. God speed.

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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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