The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has announced that for the week of Nov. 13 significant progress was made in Cruz Bay, St. John, with several businesses and government offices being brought back online.
St. John, which had been severed from all utilities in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, has had a long road to recovery. With no options to support commerce or communications, viNGN has moved quickly with its partners: First Phase Datacomm, Love City Strong, LoveIT.vi and Computer Express to facilitate free temporary connections to support a number of Cruz Bay businesses, and to also set up five free public, extremely robust and fast Wi-Fi hotspots on the island.
Several locations now enjoy restored Internet connectivity through viNGN partner Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Cruz Bay Fire Station (Zulu Company)
Fire Administration Building (Cruz Bay)
Human Services Department
Internal Revenue Bureau
St. John Marketplace
“viNGN is working as quickly as possible to re-connect our communities to the Internet and, thereby, re-connecting our islands to the world. We are making tremendous progress and we will continue to push restoration activities until all residents and businesses are connected to the viNGN high-speed Internet backbone via their Internet service providers,” said viNGN President and CEO Dr. Mark McGibbon.
The public is invited to follow viNGN’s recovery efforts including all past updates on its Network Restoration Status page at www.vingn.com/network-restoration-status.