Love City Community Network service to go on stand-by mode in the event of another disaster
ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands – On April 6, 2018, the non-profit Internet Service Provider (ISP), Love City Community Network (LCCN), has agreed with the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) to end its disaster relief Internet services on St. John on May 7, 2018. As agreed by all parties, the LCCN network will be completely deactivated and placed in a stand-by non-active mode in the event of another natural disaster.
After Hurricane Irma, the non-governmental organization (NGO) called, HELP.NGO, made a legal short-term business agreement with viNGN to provide FREE and TEMPORARY broadband bandwidth to St. John. This temporary agreement allowed public Wi-Fi for St. John citizens in response to the emergency disaster and allowed the local VI ISPs to restore their secure Internet networks.
The HELP.NGO and viNGN temporary agreement ended on February 8, 2018, whereupon the non-profit organization, LCCN, inherited HELP.NGO’s temporary disaster relief mission. To further help LCCN with its St. John mission, viNGN never charged LCCN for broadband bandwidth.
On behalf of HELP.NGO and St. John citizens, viNGN thanks LCCN for their temporary Internet disaster relief Internet service. Well done!
In summary, St. John citizens using LCCN’s Internet on the VINGN network will have until May 7, 2018, to contact one of their local VI ISPs to schedule a business or home Internet device installation. After May 7, 2018, the LCCN network will be completely deactivated and placed in stand-by non-active mode in the event of another natural disaster.
For home or business Internet installation, a listing of local VI ISPs are located at http://www.vingn.com/isp-partners.
Disclosure Statement: Internet Public Safety Announcement
Using free public networks and Wi-Fi Hotspots increases the Internet user’s probability of being subject to computer viruses, threats and illegal activities. Specifically, the exposure of personal identifiable information (PII) such as credit card numbers, bank account information, health records, passwords, biometric data, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, and social security numbers across public networks and Wi-Fi Hotspots is a serious risk to Internet users if they reveal PII. Many Internet users are not aware that free Internet networks are unsecure and expose PII. When using free Internet at: airports, viNGN’s Wi-Fi Hotspots, LCCN’s public network, or a hotel, users of these free Internet services should refrain from processing credit cards or exposing any information personal identifiable information over these unsecured networks.