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 a grant by the National Telecommunications 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).
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To provide world-class, open access, high-speed, 100% fiber optic broadband services to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, and the world via local, regional, and international partnerships and serve as an example of broadband best practices within the United States, with a focus on and commitment to the continued broadband infrastructure, economic, and community development of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Through our world-class, open access, high-speed, 100% fiber optic broadband network, viNGN strives to lead the Territory into the “Next Generation of the Virgin Islands” by:
- Serving as a catalyst for a new technology economy in the U.S. Virgin Islands using our network as a foundation upon which to build new and attract relocating high-tech and other IT-intense enterprises to stimulate economic growth and position St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands as the technology corridor of the Caribbean.
- Transform daily life through increased access to broadband and the implementation of applications enabled by our high-speed network that are designed to promote efficiency and improve the overall quality of life for Virgin Islanders, including telecommunications, health, energy, education, government, and other applications.
- Investing in the People of the Virgin Islands through the implementation of community technology education initiatives and through the development of a sustainable technology workforce with the creation of a K-16 pipeline designed to encourage technology and economic access, stimulate the economy through the redistribution of wealth within the Territory, and minimize external flow.