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viNGN Fiber Optic Trenching Project 51% Completed 
Posted by Jean P. Greaux, Jr. on February 28, 2013 at 9:30 PM AST

At today's Virgin Islands Next Generation’s Executive Board meeting viNGN President and CEO Lawrence Kupfer announced that, “fiber optic network trenching is now 51 percent complete and on schedule. Our contractors on St. Thomas & St. Croix are working systematically and achieving great results.”

He also informed the board that the joint venture of All Rounder Systems, LLC and Trans-Tel Central Inc. had started installing inner duct in existing WAPA conduits on St. Croix. He said that “this was another significant step in the construction of our fiber optic network here in the territory."

He reported that All Rounder Systems and Trans-Tel Central had held job fairs in partnership with the Virgin Islands Department of Labor on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. These job fairs attracted 146 residents interested in helping to construct the viNGN network.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. chairs a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network on February 28, 2013. Seated across the table from the governor is viNGN President Lawrence Kupfer.

Also at the meeting, the viNGN Board awarded a material supply contract to All Rounder Systems, LLC for the purchase of safety supplies, and re-awarded an Aerial Fiber Optic Cable Installation Contract for the Island of St. Croix to All Rounder Systems, LLC and Trans-Tel Central. This contract had previously been awarded to Innovative. Mr. Kupfer reported that the total value of construction contracts awarded to date is $31.8 million and that $2.7 million remains to be awarded.

Board members also listened to a presentation made by CyberLearning, viNGN’s vendor under the Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) Grant. CyberLearning representative Marshall Hughes conducted the presentation updating the Board on the progress of the Digital Literacy Training Program. The program, which is free to the public, is now accessible on-line and at viNGN’s Public Computer Centers. The on-line course is available at Hughes reported that 395 accounts have been created and that 132 residents have successfully completed the Digital Literacy Course. He also reported that a number of the residents that had successfully completed the Digital Literacy Course were now taking more advanced IT/Business Skills Training. The CyberLearning training program is a project of the National Education Foundation (NEF).

Kevin Hughes, viNGN V.P. of Sales & Marketing, also presented to the Board, informing them of progress being made under the Public Computer Center (PCC), Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA), and Sustainable Broadband Initiative (SBI) grants. Kevin Hughes briefed the board on an upcoming joint project involving the Bureau of Information Technology, The Division of Personnel, the Department of Labor, and viNGN. The project will seek to provide Digital Literacy training directly to representatives of all V.I. Government agencies and departments. A similar program for private sector businesses is also planned.