Broadband expansion plans find support

State internet advocates are excited after Gov. David Ige announced plans this week to invest in expanding Hawaii’s broadband infrastructure.

Ige’s announcement during his State of the State address Monday listed several rural areas, including Puna and Ka‘u, that the state Department of Transportation will work to connect to broadband services.

Burt Lum, strategy officer for the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Hawaii Broadband Initiative, said increasing connectivity statewide has been an oft-repeated goal for years, but was stymied by a lack of funding.

Broadband expansion plans find support

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