V.I. Next Generation Network President and Chief Executive Officer
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, some doctors' offices and public safety and first-responder entities.
The network comprises two super fiber access points -- air-conditioned concrete structures filled with equipment -- to act as substations or distribution centers for the fiber-optic network. One is located in Frederiksted, St. Croix, and one is next to the
From the two main hubs, the fiber network will be sent out to about 24 smaller fiber access points.
The last two of the regular fiber access points -- one by
Kupfer said that at this point, each island -- St. John,
Kupfer said to comply with the requirements of the federal grant, the network must bring all anchor institutions through the testing phase, where they are ready to connect to an ISP and receive Internet. They do not have to actually go through that last step of getting service to be considered complete under the federal requirements, Kupfer said.
"Under the grant, we're required to put in the equipment and prove that it's connected to the Internet," Kupfer said. "Them finding an ISP is outside the grant."
About 50 anchor institutions have gotten the green light to seek an agreement with an ISP, Kupfer said. About eight already have and are accessing the new broadband network directly.
Kupfer told the V.I. Next Generation Network board members that the St. Croix office of the agency has been connected and the employees are enjoying the high speed Internet.
"We are getting about 88 megabits per second, which is pretty incredible speed," Kupfer said.
Kupfer said he had the regular biweekly conference call with the
"They see that we are in good shape, and they are happy with the progress that we've been making," Kupfer said.
In other business, Kupfer said that the grant to provide free computer courses through contractor CyberLearning was extended from
The board also approved two procurement contracts at Wednesday's meeting: a
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