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A Reckless Move by the V.I. Senate by Peter Schultz, Ph.D

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noOne
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This is great news! I am really surprised there are people arguing against this. Having slow and unreliable internet speeds are keeping the islands in the stone age.

Businesses like mine depend on fast and reliable internet service. I am much less inclined to bring my business to the islands if I can't get that. And that's a big loss for the islands considering how profitable my industry is (low overhead).

It's amazing how much high-speed internet is a part of industry.

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Posted : April 18, 2011 9:49 pm
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David -- there was not a lot of opposition to the idea or need for high speed internet!! -- if you watch the local Senate hearings on Community Television the other issues of - who? - the VI Govt. was paying to do this was a much more of an opposing factor in the discussion.

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Posted : April 18, 2011 11:35 pm
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David -- there was not a lot of opposition to the idea or need for high speed internet!! -- if you watch the local Senate hearings on Community Television the other issues of - who? - the VI Govt. was paying to do this was a much more of an opposing factor in the discussion.

Gotcha.. I was just going off of what I read here and a couple things I read on http://cruciansinfocus.com/. 🙂

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Posted : April 19, 2011 4:08 am
noOne
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More current articles from yesterday:

St. Thomas Source Bill Passes Full Senate

VI Daily News Bill Passes Full Senate

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Posted : April 21, 2011 9:23 am
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New news about this project:

First Public Computer Centers Could Be Ready by End of July

It is so nice to see such a great thing happen for all of the people of the USVI. It is about damn time.

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Posted : June 30, 2011 3:37 pm
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New news about this project:

First Public Computer Centers Could Be Ready by End of July

It is so nice to see such a great thing happen for all of the people of the USVI. It is about damn time.

The Source is a propaganda machine for the V.I. government.

The Federal Govt has not released any funds for this project because VINGN is currently being investigated by the Dept of Commerce. The Delegate to Congress admitted this on a recent radio interview.

There's not a thing happening for the people of the USVI. It's about damn time that everyone realize when you're being taken for a ride. But like the saying goes.....when you find a jackass, you might as well ride it.

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Posted : June 30, 2011 9:31 pm
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You're entitled to your opinion Cruz... so you are saying it is not going to happen at all?

Here is another article from VI Daily News:

V.I. Next Generation Network sets new deadline to open first computer centers

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Posted : June 30, 2011 10:41 pm
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They're looking to build NEW BUILDINGS for the computer centers??? Why not add them to existing buildings that already have traffic? There's space in Tutu Park Mall on STT, and an Internet cafe recently closed their doors. Where's that govt waste website???

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Posted : June 30, 2011 11:09 pm
Cruz
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You're entitled to your opinion Cruz... so you are saying it is not going to happen at all?

Here is another article from VI Daily News:

V.I. Next Generation Network sets new deadline to open first computer centers

*-) a so called "article" from the Daily Nuisance. The V.I. news media is a joke. They all publish govt written press releases and then call it news. SMH

I don't have a crystal ball, but I do know that as of right now, this project has no federal funding.

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Posted : June 30, 2011 11:27 pm
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I think it is appropriate to note that today AT&T was laying fiber optic outside of my home, and I preemptively signed up for it through their door-to-door salesmen - a good break from Time-Warner that has held the market for years, that I have had since they offered their service. It has been ten years of putting up with them throttling my service, and now I have taken the also offered AT&T television package.

How many choices for Internet do you have in the islands? Oh yeah, two. Either 1Mbit or 1Mbit. Big choice there.

Cruz, "Most of the centers will be in public housing communities, local community centers, libraries and faith-based centers." You should be gleeful over this. It baffles me that you wonder about the cost when the benefit is worth far more than the cost.

Edit: these are signs of things that are going to come your way too- AT&T and other companies offering television to you through your new information conduite.

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Posted : July 1, 2011 4:44 am
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Another update:

Next Generation Network Board Approves 4 Contracts

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Posted : July 18, 2011 3:24 pm
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And another update:

Construction to begin

I'm sad to see that AT&T is not going to be part of it. Oh well, they are a dick company. I was signed up for fiber here, but cancelled because of the ineptitude and arrogance of representatives, from the sales to the guy installing it.

AT&T will come around eventually, they just need to overcome their greedyness.

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Posted : August 28, 2011 3:47 pm
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AT&T's contribution was going to be as a provider of undersea transport to the States via their fiber optic landing facility in the Magens Bay area, not as a last-mile provider.

One of my concerns with how this project is shaping up is that there are NO last-mile providers "currently" poised to participate. The biggest and most logical provider that would benefit from the middle-mile is Innovative, but they are stubbornly proceeding with their own infrastructure buildout that includes a fiber-based middle-mile. The other providers, in their testimony to the Legislature, don't seem too excited about the project, and seem suspicious as to the feasibility of the implementation and the eventual benefits. I hope that these (and other) providers do come around as the project moves forward.

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Posted : August 28, 2011 5:09 pm
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They will come around. The only reason why they were suspicious is because it is taking away their near-monopoly for ISP service in the USVI.

Seriously, I pay $45 a month for 36Mbit down and 1Mb up-. What do you pay for your 1.5Mbit down/maybe 1.5 Mbit up?

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Posted : August 28, 2011 6:09 pm
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More:

Contracts

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Posted : August 28, 2011 6:24 pm
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Obviously, Innovative sees VINGN as a threat to its near-monopoly, but Choice, BBVI & SmartNet should see it as a means to offer a superior product to Innovative's offerings, at competitive prices. So far, however, they're playing very coy.

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Posted : August 28, 2011 6:55 pm
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