USVI needs USD400m to complete fibre rollout

26 Mar 2019

Mark McGibbon, the President and CEO of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN), has admitted that the open-access broadband provider needs at least USD400 million to complete its rollout of last-mile infrastructure. The figure was revealed during a Committee on Housing, Transportation and Telecommunications, with Mr McGibbon commenting: ‘We have a USD400 million problem here in the Virgin Islands, in that USD400 million has to be spent to go to the last mile if you’re going to have a 100% fibre-optic network that goes to each government agency, each business and each resident.’

The viNGN – which went live back in July 2015 – is at something of a crossroads, after Kenneth Mapp, the outgoing governor of the US Virgin Islands, vetoed the contentious ‘Dig Once’ legislation (Bill 32-0204) in January this year. The legislation would have mandated any government entity digging to install underground conduits to either ensure the conduit is big enough to accommodate multiple communications providers – or allow a private communications provider to install its own conduit at the same time.

Virgin Islands (U.S.), The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN)