The US Virgin Islands’ Public Finance Authority has selected BroadMap to perform data collection, integration, verification, and mapping of the territory’s broadband serviceability areas, in addition to managing technology planning for several related high speed network projects. It is believed that the study will also look into the feasibility of introducing Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the Virgin Islands, principally for use by emergency services personnel. The announcement follows a competitive tender process. Daniel Perrone, CEO of BroadMap, commented: ‘We have been working with the US Virgin Islands’ Public Finance Authority and the Virgin Islands next generation network (NGN) for over a year to finalise the project plan for this effort’. The project comprises three distinct strands:
1) technical planning assistance; to determine whether Smart Grid applications can be implemented in the USVI given its current broadband capacity and shared anchor tenant network, as well as support for planning of the national public safety initiative to provide LTE wireless broadband support to emergency service personnel at mobile locations;
2) broadband serviceability programme; to perform the data collection, integration, validation and mapping of broadband service provider data. Once completed, every business and resident of the Virgin Islands (US) will be able to query and visualise whether their location/address is serviceable for broadband internet.;
3) street address normalisation; to perform work in conjunction with efforts that are already underway by the office of the Lieutenant Governor for the planning of residential address assignment in target areas.
BroadMap is endorsed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The NTIA has developed the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) grant programme to create and maintain a comprehensive, interactive and searchable inventory map of existing broadband serviceability in each of the US States and unincorporated territories. Previous recipients of NTIA broadband grants include Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands.