Hawaii



State broadband website(s):

Hawaii does not have a dedicated broadband office. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) oversee broadband-related activities, including: access to broadband services at affordable prices throughout the state; the DCCA’s work to promote the use of broadband services. In 2010, Hawaii created the Broadband Assistance Advisory Council, consisting of public and private stakeholders, to advise DCCA on broadband access, use, policy and other matters 

State broadband contact(s):

In 2011, Hawaii launched the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, which has three major components: DBEDT is working on a Transpacific Fiber Optic Cable Landing Project, an initiative to build a secure, carrier neutral, open access cable landing station for transpacific fiber; DCCA is also implementing a pilot project to offer wireless Internet access points (WiFi hotspots) at publicly accessible government locations in underserved areas; and DCCA continues to look at means to provide publicly accessible information to identify unserved and underserved areas and to evaluate the speed and quality of existing Internet services offered in order to furnish policymakers seeking to facilitate broadband infrastructure deployment with data needed to evaluate the current state of broadband access and to measure progress.  More information can be found on the DCCA’s broadband webpage.

State broadband coordinator:

Hawaii does not have a dedicated broadband office. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) oversee broadband-related activities, including: access to broadband services at affordable prices throughout the state; the DCCA’s work to promote the use of broadband services. In 2010, Hawaii created the Broadband Assistance Advisory Council, consisting of public and private stakeholders, to advise DCCA on broadband access, use, policy and other matters 

Broadband programs:

In 2011, Hawaii launched the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, which has three major components: DBEDT is working on a Transpacific Fiber Optic Cable Landing Project, an initiative to build a secure, carrier neutral, open access cable landing station for transpacific fiber; DCCA is also implementing a pilot project to offer wireless Internet access points (WiFi hotspots) at publicly accessible government locations in underserved areas; and DCCA continues to look at means to provide publicly accessible information to identify unserved and underserved areas and to evaluate the speed and quality of existing Internet services offered in order to furnish policymakers seeking to facilitate broadband infrastructure deployment with data needed to evaluate the current state of broadband access and to measure progress.  More information can be found on the DCCA’s broadband webpage.

Funding for broadband:

DBEDT received initial state funding for the Initiative planning purposes in 2015.  Funding for DCCA programs come from DCCA’s Cable Television Division program funds.  

State information is gathered by BroadbandUSA using publically available sources (e.g. state websites). The information is validated by the points-of-contact at each state-level agency(-ies). This information was last updated Summer 2018. The information is reviewed and updated periodically.