Y2K connects U.S. Virgin Islands
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 12, 2000
The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are now connected
by the first phase of a wireless network funded through their government's
Year 2000 readiness program.
Wave Wireless Networking, based in Sarasota, Fla., announced last week that
the first phase of the project, valued at $750,000, was complete. The project
began in October with the goal of connecting all the islands' government
agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Justice and Finance
Departments, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the USVI police headquarters,
said John Elliott, the company's director of Caribbean sales.
Because the USVI government offices involved in the project share large
amounts of confidential, legal and financial data, the network will include
high bandwidth and heightened reliability. The old wired network's infrastructure
was so weak that light rains could disrupt service and hurricane damage
could shut down the network.
Based on Wave Wireless' previous success in helping the islands' Department
of Education develop a weather-resistant network, the company submitted
a proposal for the governmentwide system that no other vendor matched, Elliott
said. The rest of the network, which is privately funded and valued at just
under $1 million, includes only federal government connections and should
be complete by the end of the year, Elliott said.