Hawaii Gigabit Initiative
We've heard lots of talk about Broadband and the Gigabit Initiative. We even had a session on this topic last year. What is the latest and are we making progress to bring affordable gigabit to the masses by 2018?
Don Kosak commented
Two comments -- first, 2018 is too late. We'll be the last people onboard and miss out on the entire first wave of the "Internet of Things" and other amazing tech enabled by greater bandwidth.
Second, Hawaii is a great testbed for next generation 5G wireless to reach out to the masses. (but again, that relies on lighting up fiber to the islands and then to key hubs.)
Jerry Isdale commented
Agree with Jon - while a majority of Hawaii population lives in Honolulu and southern Oahu, the rest of the islands need better interwebs. Wireless is hard with our rugged topography. There are big pipes coming into Hawaii - and potentially great distribution in dark fiber and microwave nets setup with Federal $. The distributed population needs distributed production and thus widely available networks for 21st century. We can be an experiment for rest of the world
Jon Brown commented
While talking about Hawaii's gigabit initiative lets not completely ignore the growing number of homes in rural Hawaii that are completely off grid and not serviced by wires at all and are often without available wireless service as well.