Federal Initiative Pledges High-Speed Internet for Hawaii: Moving Towards a Digital Future
Hawaii is set to receive over $149 million for high-speed Internet access as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative aimed at eradicating the digital divide.
“What this announcement means for people across the country is that if you don’t have access to quality, affordable high-speed Internet service now – you will, thanks to President Biden and his commitment to investing in America,”Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program’s Impact in Hawaii
The allocation to Hawaii is part of the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Hawaii will administer $149,484,493.57 for local grant projects, setting the stage for potential job growth and sustained economic development.
Catalyzing Hawaii’s Digital Advancement and Economic Progress
The funding is expected to expand participation in the digital economy, promote local fiber-optic cable production, and spur job growth in Internet infrastructure construction.
High-Speed Internet: A Modern-Day Necessity in Hawaii
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This considerable investment by the Biden-Harris administration affirms their commitment to making Internet access available for all Hawaii residents.
Hawaii’s BEAD Funding Allocation
Hawaii will receive $149,484,493.57 from the BEAD program. This vital funding will be utilized to establish or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for every resident.
Looking Towards the Future: Driving Economic and Social Growth in Hawaii
In alignment with the principles of long-termism, this investment is expected to drive economic and social growth in Hawaii for years to come. Beyond immediate improvements, the initiative lays the groundwork for a more digitally connected future for the Aloha State.
State allocations and funding details
In total $42.45 billion in funds will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
A detailed list of funding allocations for each state, D.C., and the territories can be found on InternetForAll.Gov.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|District of Columbia||$100,694,786.93|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$80,796,709.02|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$27,103,240.86|