Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) released the following statement on April 10.
“On April 6, 2018, the non-profit Internet Service Provider (ISP), Love City Community Network (LCCN), has agreed with the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) to end its disaster relief Internet services on St. John on May 7, 2018. As agreed by all parties, the LCCN network will be completely deactivated and placed in a stand-by non-active mode in the event of another natural disaster.
After Hurricane Irma, the non-governmental organization (NGO) called, HELP.NGO, made a legal short-term business agreement with viNGN to provide FREE and TEMPORARY broadband bandwidth to St. John. This temporary agreement allowed public Wi-Fi for St. John citizens in response to the emergency disaster and allowed the local VI ISPs to restore their secure Internet networks.
The HELP.NGO and viNGN temporary agreement ended on February 8, 2018, whereupon the non-profit organization, LCCN, inherited HELP.NGO’s temporary disaster relief mission. To further help LCCN with its St. John mission, viNGN never charged LCCN for broadband bandwidth.
On behalf of HELP.NGO and St. John citizens, viNGN thanks LCCN for their temporary Internet disaster relief Internet service. Well done!
In summary, St. John citizens using LCCN’s Internet on the VINGN network will have until May 7, 2018, to contact one of their local VI ISPs to schedule a business or home Internet device installation. After May 7, 2018, the LCCN network will be completely deactivated and placed in stand-by non-active mode in the event of another natural disaster.
For home or business Internet installation, a listing of local VI ISPs are located at www.vingn.com/isp-partners.”