V.I. Next Generation Network President and Chief Executive Officer
All 318 anchor institutions -- all schools, universities, government offices, community centers, health care centers, some doctors' offices and public safety and first-responder entities -- are connected to the network, which is live.
"It's been a three-year effort, and I think we should all be proud of what we have accomplished," Kupfer said.
Kupfer said the agency has now turned over the anchor institutions to be connected to an Internet Service Provider of their choice.
He said the
Broadband VI was awarded the ISP contract for the
"I think your team has done a tremendous job," he said.
DeJongh said with all the multitasking that took place, from filing permits to making appearances in
The final date for the grant's close-out period is
Johnson said the staff will be busy until that date documenting all assets, paying vendors and completing final reports required for the federal granting agency.
The construction of the network was the largest of four federal stimulus grants awarded to the V.I. government to provide high speed Internet and spur economic development in the territory.
The next two grants, one to create 31 public computer centers and one to provide free computer training to residents, will expire
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Hughes said the agency has taken out ads to run before feature films at the Caribbean Cinema movie theaters in the territory to promote the new network and the free computer classes and public computer centers.
V.I. Next Generation Network also has partnered with the Government Employees' Retirement System to offer digital literacy courses to
The fourth grant, the State Broadband Initiative/State Broadband Data and Development grant, is for broadband mapping and data collection. The end date for that grant is
Hughes said the network is working with the
The V.I. Next Generation Network is a subsidiary of the
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