Project-Comprehensive Community Infrastructure

Jobs created: NA
Jobs retained: NA
District: Territory Wide
Award Date: 8/17/2010
ARRA Budget: $58,888,469.00

Project Overview

Description:
The Comprehensive Community Infrastructure Projects will build out the middle mile fiber optic infrastructure throughout the Territory to provide high speed broadband services to all constituents.
Actual Expense: $88,274,848.00
Overall Status: In progress
Achievements:
  • Construction of the Territory’s only 100% fiber optic cable broadband network
  • Improvement in the quality and reliability of broadband services in the Territory
  • Serving as a driver to lower the cost of high speed and reliable broadband services in the Territory by acting as a catalyst to drive competition amongst the Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • Eleven (11) local ISPs signed on as viNGN’s customers who are now able to use viNGN’s bandwidth to improve the speeds and reliability of the services they provide to their customers and at a lower cost
  • 318 Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) connected to viNGN’s network at no cost to the CAI, including government departments and agencies, including first responders; public and private schools; hospitals and health clinics; and, the University of the Virgin Islands and its Research and Technology Park
  • Provides the internet infrastructure for new and expanded services and new and expanded opportunities for the ISPs and the community at large, including for the following, just to name a few: Critical communications for public safety and emergency services; Medical health records and telemedicine; Distance learning; WAPA’s smart grid; For fostering the retention of jobs and businesses in the Territory; For the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority and others to attract new businesses and jobs to the Territory; and, Support for the Territory’s GPS systems.

Benefits of this Project

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  • Construction of the Territory’s only 100% fiber optic cable broadband network
  • Eleven (11) local ISPs signed on as viNGN’s customers who are now able to use viNGN’s bandwidth to improve the speeds and reliability of the services they provide to their customers and at a lower cost
  • As of the date of these disclosures, viNGN has transferred approximately $2.5 million in Gross Receipts Taxes to the Virgin Island Bureau of Internal Revenue and, in turn, to the General Fund of the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands on behalf of its vendors, and approximately 385.73 jobs have been retained or created, per ARRA standard calculations, based on hours worked.
Serving as a driver to lower the cost of high speed and reliable broadband services in the Territory by acting as a catalyst to drive competition amongst the Internet Service Providers (ISPs);
  • Eleven (11) local ISPs signed on as viNGN’s customers who are now able to use viNGN’s bandwidth to improve the speeds and reliability of the services they provide to their customers and at a lower cost; 
  • 318 Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) connected to viNGN’s network at no cost to the CAI, including government departments and agencies, including first responders; public and private schools; hospitals and health clinics; and, the University of the Virgin Islands and its Research and Technology Park;
  • Provides the internet infrastructure for new and expanded services and new and expanded opportunities for the ISPs and the community at large, including for the following, just to name a few: Critical communications for public safety and emergency services; Medical health records and telemedicine; Distance learning; WAPA’s smart grid; For fostering the retention of jobs and businesses in the Territory; For the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority and others to attract new businesses and jobs to the Territory; and Support for the Territory’s GPS systems.