Love City Community Network was formed out of a volunteer effort in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma to address a glaring unmet need for electronic communications on St. John. Our founding members are full-time residents with IT/Network Engineering skills who came together with massive community support to build a wireless network to deliver critical communications for our emergency first responders and other critical infrastructure like relief organizations, the pharmacy, and grocery stores.
In early April 2018, LCCN was formally recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to develop, deploy, operate and maintain internet and other communication systems for the community of St. John sustainable through hurricanes and other natural disasters.
With commercial connectivity slow to return and the importance of access to high speed internet demonstrated so starkly we expanded the network to support the ongoing recovery for hundreds of local businesses and residents. LCCN currently employs local installers full-time to install service in homes & businesses in the areas of the island that remain underserved and unserved by commercial providers.
We are now working to build the network as a model for hurricane-hardened communications using reasonably priced, rugged and easily deployed gear as we scale the network and plan for a quick redeployment process by trained volunteers after the next storm.