In a quick meeting Tuesday, V.I. Next Generation Network board members voted on a motion to negotiate a contract for electrical upgrades and received updates on new network milestones, including the lighting of a primary super fiber access point on St. Thomas.
The motion, which was unanimously approved by all board members attending the meeting, allows viNGN officials to negotiate with J. Benton Construction for electrical upgrades to super fiber access points on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
With no questions on the motion – which was discussed in more detail during a short executive session – viNGN President and Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Kpufer told the group that the network is making "good progress, with no real issues to report" on getting its community anchor institutions online.
At the end of last month, 137 community anchor institutions were tied into viNGN’s territorywide network and began going through testing; Kpufer said the 137 is about 45 percent of the total anchor institutions expected to eventually be connected to the network.
The milestone, he added, is that viNGN now has its St. Thomas super fiber access point lit and the organization is working with local businesses to provide services for the government institutions that are tied into the network.