The public is invited to an online forum to create more broadband access opportunities

June 19, 2022, 4:00 p.m. HST
* Updated June 19 at 12:58 p.m.

The University of Hawaii is hosting a free online forum to learn about statewide efforts to expand broadband and digital literacy opportunities, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“Broadband Infrastructure and Digital Equity: Building Digital Foundations for Hawaii’s Communities” is the first of many meetings scheduled to provide information on ongoing programs, as well as opportunities for the community to get involved. and contribute to the planning process.

The forum will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, via Zoom.

“Meaningful access to universal broadband service is critical to supporting digital equity for all Hawaii residents,” said Garret Yoshimi, UH vice president for information technology and chief information officer. information, in a press release. “Our UH team is helping to lead statewide efforts to build important human and technology infrastructure that will serve as the foundation for our residents to thrive in a highly connected future. These public investments in broadband access align directly with UH’s mission to provide higher education, while working collaboratively with our communities statewide to support all residents of Hawaii. »

To register for the free online forum, click here.

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In August 2021, Governor David Ige tasked the UH System to lead and coordinate a large-scale strategic investment effort to ensure that all Hawaii residents have access to broadband services. These investments are guided by a strategic framework to support four essential activities to meet Hawaii’s current and future needs:

  • Access, Equity, and Literacy: Every resident should have access to robust, reliable, and fairly priced broadband services, as well as the education and training needed to make the most of those services.
  • Last Mile: Broadband networks must serve all Hawaii residents, regardless of where they live.
  • Middle mile: Hawaii’s remote location requires smart and sustainable investments in middle mile infrastructure, including inter-island submarine fiber optic cables, neutral submarine cable landing stations, and terrestrial fiber networks to connect all communities to the broadband network
  • Governance and sustainability: Investments should be designed to maximize long-term strategic public benefits and should be governed with sustainability as a core design principle. Regardless of the funding source, the design of governance efforts associated with broadband infrastructure investments should include representation of affected stakeholders and ensure that Hawai’i continues to benefit from these strategic investments.
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For more information, visit UH Broadband website.