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Broadband VI Making Their Service Better Again!

A few months ago I wrote about our internet provider Broadband Vi upgrading their service from 1.5 Mbps to 3 Mbps download for FREE. Making them the fastest most consistent I’ve tested.

And they’ve done it again,  Their $99.95/month Broadband VI Plus customers have been bumped up to 4Mbps down, 1Mbps up….making Broadbandvi the only provider that meets the FCC’s definition of Broadband (that’s the service I use):

And in 2010 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined “Basic Broadband” as data transmission speeds of at least 4 Mbit/s downstream (from the Internet to the user’s computer) and 1 Mbit/s upstream (from the user’s computer to the Internet).[19] The trend is to raise the threshold of the broadband definition as higher data rate services become available.[20]

If you’re looking for fast consistent speeds both up and down there is no CHOICE:

You can check them out here:

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National Weather Service Updates TS Irene Warning Information, Recommends Immediate Preparedness Actions

The National Weather Service at San Juan has issued updated storm information for the Virgin Islands. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the Virgin Islands and its coastal waters. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The National Weather Service is urging everyone to listen closely for any Flood Warnings that might be in effect for the Virgin Islands. Please check the latest public and marine forecasts for detailed information about additional hazards.

At 11 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Irene was located near Latitude 15.3N, Longitude 59.9W or about 360 miles east-southeast of St. Croix and moving west at 22 miles per hour. Storm intensity was at 50 miles per hour.

According to the National Weather Service, the current track of Tropical Storm Irene continues towards the west and it represents a serious threat to the Virgin Islands, since the storm center is forecast to pass south of St. Croix. This implies an imminent risk for tropical storm force winds and frequent bands of intense rainfall with wind gusts approaching near hurricane force as the system approaches. Bands of moisture well ahead of the main circulation are already affecting St. Croix and will continue to propagate westward across the rest of the Virgin Islands as early as Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that tropical storm conditions are most likely to begin Sunday morning across the Virgin Islands.

As Tropical Storm Irene moves closer the threat for sustained high winds is likely to increase. The latest forecast is for strong tropical storm force winds from late Sunday afternoon to early Monday morning. Winds are forecast to be in the 35 to 50 miles per hour range with gusts of 65 miles per hour or greater. East swells will begin to affect the coastal waters Sunday afternoon and will build significantly by Sunday night through Monday morning. Combined seas across the regional waters are expected to build to 12 feet or greater.

Rain bands with torrential downpours are expected to begin affecting the Virgin Islands by Sunday afternoon. Widespread rainfall amounts of 4 to 7 inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible in favored areas. This rainfall will result in rapid rises of local streams, rivers and guts. Mudslides and debris flow are anticipated in areas of steep terrain.

The impact from combined storm surge and tide waters is expected to be low. The storm surge is forecast to range from 1 to 3 feet. This surge will add to the normal tide levels, creating above normal tides. The potential exists for a short period of inundation of low lying areas until the onshore winds subside. In addition to above normal tides, dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents are expected. The combination of strong winds and hazardous surf could result in significant beach erosion and possibly coastal flooding of low lying areas and roads.

Isolated tornadoes will be most likely to occur across local islands in the outer rain bands as the center of Tropical Storm Irene approaches the local area and then passes south of the Virgin Islands Sunday afternoon. Tornadoes can develop many miles away from the tropical cyclone center of circulation.

The Office of the Governor, VITEMA joins the National Weather Service in urging citizens to rush to complete preparations for the protection of life and property. Be prepared to evacuate if directed to do so by local officials or if your home is vulnerable to high winds or flooding. For interests at ports, docks and marinas, urgently complete prescribed preparations according to your emergency operations plan for tropical cyclones.

If you live on a boat make final preparations for securing your craft before leaving it. Be sure to account for the possible closure of bridges and causeways. Regarding any coastal waters under a warning, small craft should remain in port and well secured. For additional precautionary and preparedness information please refer to the detailed recommendations relative to your location as further described by your local national weather service office and local emergency management.

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The St. Thomas Internet Challenge – Who Is The Best – Broadband VI or Choice?

I have tested the download and upload speeds of both Choice and Broadband VI (I don’t have Innovative yet because they are not in my area). The test was done using, each test was done at the same exact time (I have both Choice and Broadband VI). Each modem/signal can obtain speeds of up to 3 Mbps and each are full bar strength so we are indeed comparing apples to apples. I tested 2- 3 times per day at different times.

Special Note: The test was supposed to begin on Monday January 17th 2011 but Broadband VI’s Inner Brass signal was out again.


Tuesday January 18th 2011

5 pm: Broadband VI download: 2982 Kbps or 2.98 Mbps , upload: 892 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 764 Kbps or 0.76 Mbps , upload: 76 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

10 pm: Broadband VI download: 2513 Kbps or 2.51 Mbps, upload: 880 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 570 Kbps or 0.57 Mbps , upload: 75 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

Today Broadband VI crushed Choice in both download and upload speeds. They were over 4-5 times faster on download and 10-11 times faster on upload.


Wednesday January 19th 2011

6:30 am: Broadband VI download: 2194 Kbps or 2.19 Mbps, upload: 337 Kbps or 0.3 Mbps

Choice download: 1329 Kbps or 1.33 Mbps , upload: 246 Kbps or 0.2 Mbps

12:15 pm: Broadband VI download: 2944 Kbps or 2.94 Mbps, upload: 877 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 712 Kbps or 0.71 Mbps , upload: 75 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

8 pm: Broadband VI download: 2928 Kbps or 2.93 Mbps, upload: 916 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 443 Kbps or 0.44 Mbps , upload: 72 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

Today Broadband VI again crushed Choice in both download and upload speeds. They were over 2-6 times faster on download and 1-11 times faster on upload.


Thursday January 20th 2011

7:30 am: Broadband VI download: 2658 Kbps or 2.66 Mbps, upload: 909 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 1556 Kbps or 1.56 Mbps , upload: 72 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

5:15 pm: Broadband VI download: 2939 Kbps or 2.94 Mbps, upload: 922 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 315 Kbps or 0.32 Mbps , upload: 76 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

10:15 pm: Broadband VI download: 1637 Kbps or 1.64 Mbps, upload: 911 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 426 Kbps or 0.43 Mbps , upload: 57 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

Today Broadband VI again crushed Choice in both download and upload speeds. They were over 2-6 times faster on download and 1-11 times faster on upload.


Friday January 21st 2011

7:00 am: Broadband VI download: 2814 Kbps or 2.81 Mbps, upload: 910 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 1479 Kbps or 1.48 Mbps , upload: 113 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

1:20 pm: Broadband VI download: 2982 Kbps or 2.98 Mbps, upload: 913 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 1352 Kbps or 1.35 Mbps , upload: 72 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

Today Broadband VI again handily beat Choice in both download and upload speeds. They were over 2-3 times faster on download and 8-11 times faster on upload.


Saturday January 22nd 2011

9:45 am: Broadband VI download: 2958 Kbps or 2.96 Mbps, upload: 885 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 183 Kbps or 0.18 Mbps , upload: 71 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

*****special note***** 183 Kbps download is disgusting and Choice should be ashamed of themselves. They are clearly very unstable when it comes to download speeds and apparently they cannot manage their users properly to provide consistent download speeds. We might as well be using friggin’ dial-up at these speeds.

6:00 pm: Broadband VI download: 3033 Kbps or 3.03 Mbps, upload: 787 Kbps or 0.8 Mbps

Choice download: 1078 Kbps or 1.1 Mbps , upload: 59 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps


Sunday January 23rd 2011

8:00 am: Broadband VI download: 3055 Kbps or 3.06 Mbps, upload: 897 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 421 Kbps or 0.42 Mbps , upload: 101 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

10:00 am: Broadband VI download: 3025 Kbps or 3.03 Mbps, upload: 834 Kbps or 0.8 Mbps

Choice download: 1246 Kbps or 1.25 Mbps , upload: 54 Kbps or 0.1 Mbps

7:15 pm: Broadband VI download: 2987 Kbps or 2.99 Mbps, upload: 877 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps

Choice download: 603 Kbps or 0.6 Mbps , upload: 212 Kbps or 0.2 Mbps


Clearly when Broadband VI’s service is up and running it is far superior as their download speeds are 4-10 times as fast and their upload speed is 8-10 times as fast. There really is no comparison. Pricing is a bit high ($99 for 1.5 Mbps)  but if you want the guaranteed speed then you’ll have to pay the price. Customer service is not the greatest but then again neither is Choice’s. So that’s a wash.

One positive for Choice, if speed is not an issue (there are still those who don’t care) is that the modem is portable. This is great if you need to bring it from place to place whereas Broadband VI is set for one location.

In conclusion: Broadband VI is faster and more reliable with both download and upload speeds. They are still having issues with the Inner Brass signal but once that is solved (fingers crossed as I am on it) They would be the recommended choice over Choice.

Neither Choice or Broadband VI are advertisers on the St. Thomas Blog. My statements are factual and objective.

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St. Thomas Blog Welcomes SunFone To Our Family

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SunFone is dedicated to bringing the latest internet-based voice technologies (Voip) to the US Virgin Islands. They offer a next-generation residential and business phone service utilizing superior technology delivered with uncompromising service.

Subscription Rate:
+$99 installation fee

Basic Features:

  • FREE UNLIMITED calls to the US mainland
  • True lowest long distance rates available in the USVI (typically 1/3 the cost of our competitors)
  • A local 340 number
  • Free Voicemail
  • Free voicemail to email
  • Free Call Waiting
  • Free Caller ID
  • Free 3-Way Calling
  • Free Call Forwarding
  • and more!

Click here to sign up or call them at (340) 715-7600, you’ll save a lot of money compared to Innovative.

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