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Holiday Network Progress

Even with lots of holiday activities over the weekend, we’re always working to keep our network running. This weekend we were excited to install new 60ghz millimeter wave radio technology to help improve performance and reliability of our free to the public hotspots and disaster recovery network installations.

And even on Christmas eve and day, we’ve been busy programming radios working to prepare a new site to help provide connectivity to the North Shore including Cinnamon Bay beach which is now serving visitors but does not have cellular service.

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With commercial service providers slowly returning to the island in places like Cruz Bay, it’s easy for some to forget that that there is still much of the island that depends on our connectivity or still has no connectivity at all.

We cannot thank St John Rescue enough for their support of emergency communications on this island, as well as Help.NGO’s Global DIRT team for their administrative assistance supporting our project.

60ghz backhaul radios

One thing we’ve noticed is that beaming internet around an island, especially in Cruz Bay where we have a lot of links, uses a lot of radio spectrum. Since our 5ghz point to point radio links operate on the same frequency as wifi, we’re also sharing the airwaves with individuals connecting to hotspots, home and business wifi networks, and any other wifi device.

To improve performance, LCCN team member Nick Harland is setting up a field trial and testbed network to evaluate wireless network technology in a controlled environment with test equipment. First on the list for testing are new 60ghz millimeter wave point to point radios. These 60ghz radios can create links between short distances with speeds 5x greater than the 5ghz PowerBeam radios currently being used on St John.

Nick is looking forward to visiting again for Christmas and New Years, and really looks forward to installing some new higher speed links.

Announcing our team

Our grassroots team assembled itself in the intimidate aftermath of Hurricane Irma. A few days later, from our first hotspot location at Ronnie’s Pizza, Matt, Nick, Rob, and Jason got together and came up with a plan, wrote a proposal, and formed the concept of Love City Community Network.

Soon after that, we began receiving support from and operating as an extension of the Help.NGO Global DIRT team. This allowed us to focus on doing what we do best, which is design, build, deploy, and operate networks.

Our goal is to keep doing what we’ve been doing, but to do that successfully and in a sustainable way, we need to be able to directly manage our budget, raise funds, plan expenses, sign contracts, cover basic living costs for full time team members, purchase equipment, etc. So here we are!

Love City Community Network is a US based non-stock non-profit corporation, incorporated to be organized as and at all times operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific programs within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Our tax-exempt status determination has not yet been made by the IRS but is pending.

Our corporate board members are Matt, Jason, Morgan, Rob, and Nick.

You can reach our team by emailing wifi@lccn.vi.

Our corporate bylaws and charter are available by request.