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WillPeterson
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I've been reading a lot about this huge turbo-broadband project happening in the USVI, BUT can anyone tell me if it's actually available?? I'm looking at moving to ST CROIX in October and need to find a provider that can offer 10mbps speeds in order to keep up with my workload.
You all helped me so much in my search for a gym, I hope you can help me with this too!
Thanks so much!

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2016 3:58 am
sttanon
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There are several providers. For St Croix Broadband VI or Innovative would be your best bets for service...

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Posted : March 15, 2016 10:05 am
SkysTheLimit
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The answer you are looking for is in your title. BroadbandVI

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Posted : March 15, 2016 11:22 am
caribstx
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10 mbps speeds are definitely not a problem in the VI.

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Posted : March 15, 2016 12:03 pm
quirion
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10 mbps speeds are definitely not a problem in the VI.

Wish I had them here!

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Posted : March 15, 2016 3:50 pm
LiquidFluoride
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10 mbps speeds are definitely not a problem in the VI.

I've got 25mb down 2mb up currently.... no issues with it aside from ocattional drops (which I assume are the aging cable infrastructure)

Fiber is now available at the home as yet, but it will be soon (though who pays for the last mile... that's still in question)

BBVI can resell VINGN, Choice can resell VINGN & BIT is now an "ISP", and will be re-selling VINGN...

but as of yet I have seen nothing about the last mile, getting fiber into houses.

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Posted : March 15, 2016 3:59 pm
quirion
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10 mbps speeds are definitely not a problem in the VI.

I've got 25mb down 2mb up currently.... no issues with it aside from ocattional drops (which I assume are the aging cable infrastructure)

Fiber is now available at the home as yet, but it will be soon (though who pays for the last mile... that's still in question)

BBVI can resell VINGN, Choice can resell VINGN & BIT is now an "ISP", and will be re-selling VINGN...

but as of yet I have seen nothing about the last mile, getting fiber into houses.

Which service are you paying for to get 25 down and 2 up? BBVI plus (99 plan) gets me 7.75 down (looks and feels capped) and 2up.

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Posted : March 15, 2016 4:01 pm
OldTart
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10 mbps speeds are definitely not a problem in the VI.

Where are you getting that from? BroadbandVI seems to offer 10mbps to small businesses for $300/month but their website indicates that the highest for residential is 5. I don't think your assertion that 10mbps is "definitely not a problem" is true - not yet anyway.

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Posted : March 15, 2016 4:06 pm
LiquidFluoride
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Which service are you paying for to get 25 down and 2 up? BBVI plus (99 plan) gets me 7.75 down (looks and feels capped) and 2up.

I love BBVI, Mike is cool as hell; but I love fast internet better....

Innovative's "evo" package is 25/2 for $99/month

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Posted : March 15, 2016 4:09 pm
AandA2VI
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I have Innovative also - the $60 plan. I have been really happy with it. Rarely a drop off. I don't really ever measure my speeds - I have no problem watching hulu, netflix and downloading movies is pretty quick.

I had choice in STT which worked GREAT for me as I wias way up tip top mountain facing peterborg where they had tower. But in STX Choice was SO BAD I only had it for like 3 days and went Innovative.

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Posted : March 15, 2016 9:02 pm
sttanon
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10 mbps speeds are definitely not a problem in the VI.

Where are you getting that from? BroadbandVI seems to offer 10mbps to small businesses for $300/month but their website indicates that the highest for residential is 5. I don't think your assertion that 10mbps is "definitely not a problem" is true - not yet anyway.

BBVI is working on higher speed residential someone even posted here about it. The $299.00/mo is for a 50 up/down connection.....

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Posted : March 16, 2016 12:21 pm
quirion
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BBVI is working on higher speed residential someone even posted here about it. The $299.00/mo is for a 50 up/down connection.....

That must be under enterprise class since
SMALL BUSINESS PLATINUM

10Mbps download, 2Mbps upload - $299.95/month

why would someone choose that one i wonder?

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Posted : March 16, 2016 12:25 pm
OldTart
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Yes, that's what I saw on their website.

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Posted : March 16, 2016 12:28 pm
Alana33
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That's a ridiculous amount of money to have to pay for higher speed internet.
Frankly, we all pay too much now but almost $300 a month is obscene.

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Posted : March 16, 2016 1:25 pm
LiquidFluoride
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BBVI is working on higher speed residential someone even posted here about it. The $299.00/mo is for a 50 up/down connection.....

That must be under enterprise class since
SMALL BUSINESS PLATINUM

10Mbps download, 2Mbps upload - $299.95/month

why would someone choose that one i wonder?

because it comes with an SLA & the connection is guaranteed... when you go to enterprise levels we have different requirements, I can't just run (what we call) "dirty internet"... most businesses want something with more assurances & guaranteed connection speeds.

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Posted : March 16, 2016 2:40 pm
sttanon
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That's a ridiculous amount of money to have to pay for higher speed internet.
Frankly, we all pay too much now but almost $300 a month is obscene.

50 Meg for 300 a month is high ?!?!? That price per month also gets you a wireless backup connection

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Posted : March 17, 2016 9:26 am
Alana33
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If you need and can afford to pay $3600 a year for a single utility service, go for it.
IMO, it's high to outrageous.

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Posted : March 17, 2016 10:54 am
caribstx
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I have no problem paying $299 on month for my BBVI service. I have extremely reliable service and consistent speeds well beyond my expectations. I'm not even going to post what I'm running at right now. It'll just piss you off.

BBVI is the best provider in my opinion. I would never leave them.

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Posted : March 17, 2016 11:06 am
Beeski
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If you need and can afford to pay $3600 a year for a single utility service, go for it.
IMO, it's high to outrageous.

Alana, business plans are priced differently than residential plans. Same with phone service, insurance, power, etc. We have one customer who has two 1Gbps microwave connections....trust me, they pay more than $3600/year for those connections.

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Posted : March 17, 2016 1:31 pm
Alana33
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How does that compare to stateside pricing for comparable service?
Sorry, but I think $99.95 is high for my residential service.
Not that I don't like BBVI, I just think, we, in the VI always end up paying more for less. As mentioned, just my 2¢ piece.

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Posted : March 17, 2016 1:46 pm
OldTart
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You can easily find comparative stateside prices by area on a quick Google. If you don't need the super highway then don't buy it. I don't have any need to stream movies or anything along those lines and for the $171/month Innovative package I get telephone, cable TV (with premium channels, HD and DVD) and perfectly fine internet.

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Posted : March 17, 2016 2:21 pm
rnblade
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Speed varies the key down here. they advertise up do 25. It doesn't mean you will get it. I'm an IT guy and work full time on the internet. It is rarely a problem and the days that it is I jump of my phone as a backup. I use broadband.vi.

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Posted : March 17, 2016 7:29 pm
quirion
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I'm trying to try out innovative. My install window was 8-12 today. I called at 12:30 they said I'll be next he's almost done.
It is now nearly 3....still waiting.

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Posted : March 24, 2016 5:47 pm
OldTart
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You've lived here how long? 😀

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Posted : March 24, 2016 6:36 pm
quirion
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You've lived here how long? 😀

Close to a year 🙂 It's just.. well I've seen lots of people saying innovatives customer service got much better!

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