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"We met our goal, but VINGN is going to open some additional sites," Hughes said.
Under the Public Computer Centers grant, the requirement was for 28 centers, but the agency is planning to open 31.
The centers are operated by nonprofit groups and government agencies, with equipment provided through the federally funded broadband project.
The territory received a
The computer center locations are listed on the network's website, www.vingn.com.
One component of the grant is a partnership with the
The V.I. Next Generation Network is a subsidiary of the
The Sustainable Broadband Adoption grant is designed to provide community outreach and training. The federal grant is
The V.I. Next Generation Network contracted BetterWorld to offer free training and job placement for people interested in telework, or working from home on the Internet.
Hughes said that contract has expired, but the agency is looking for ways to continue to foster telework opportunities in the territory.
The State Broadband Initiative/State Broadband Data and Development grant is for broadband mapping and data collection. The
Hughes said they are continuing to map out the territory's available broadband speeds and coverage, and work with the
The grant continues until next January and can be extended another month, according to Hughes.
The Comprehensive Community Infrastructure grant is the largest award --
The deadline for construction to be complete is
The backbone of the network is complete, as are the fiber access points, and every one of the 316 anchor institutions is connected, Kupfer said.
Anchor institutions will tie-in directly to the network. Under the federal grant award, anchor tenants include all schools, universities, government offices, community centers, health care centers and public safety and first-responder entities.
WAPA is energizing each fiber access point now.
"We're working very closely with WAPA," Kupfer said. "Eight of 24
More than 30 anchor institutions have been given the OK to sign up with an Internet service provider and begin receiving service, and at least eight have already done so, according to Kupfer.
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