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Broadband Access and Digital Literacy

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Broadband Access and Digital Literacy

Funding Opportunities

Learn about available grants and programs.

Federal Grants

The Federal Government makes various grants and programs available to support the buildout of broadband infrastructure. A list of grants is curated by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), Hawaiʻi Broadband & Digital Equity Office.

Rural Health Care Programs

Supporting healthcare facilities in bringing world class medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity. The program funds two types of services: voice / data and broadband.

State Broadband Resources

Learn about the state agencies responsible for managing and coordinating Hawaiʻi’s broadband efforts.

Hawaiʻi Broadband & Digital Equity Office

Created on July 6, 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to improve access to broad services for residents, consumers, and businesses across the State.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Cable Television Division

The Cable Television Division works to promote and facilitate access to affordable, broadband-level telecommunications service across the State.

Public Utilities Commission

The Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) primary duty is to protect the public interest by overseeing and regulating public utilities to ensure that they provide reliable service at just and reasonable rates.

Broadband Hui

The Hui is a partnership of community stakeholders that was created to address gaps in broadband access both near term and long term. The Hui is represented by the private sector, non-profits and public sector and meets every Wednesday.

Discounts

Learn about the programs that exist to help qualified families and households pay for internet connectivity and telephone service.

Low Cost Home Internet Service for Hawaiʻi Residents

These programs provide discounts for qualified Hawaiʻi residents: Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), Lifeline Program, Hawaiian Telcom Internet Kōkua Program and the Spectrum Internet Assist Plan.

Affordable Connectivity Program

This program provides a monthly discount towards broadband service for eligible households to help families struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project 10Million: Working to Connect Every Student

This program through T-Mobile helps millions of underserved students get internet connectivity at no cost. School districts across the country also have access to free wireless hotspots, free high-speed data and laptops and tablets, at-cost.

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy includes computer and internet knowledge and skills essential to excel in today’s work environment and to benefit from the multitude of government, health, education and social services available online.

Digital Literacy and Consumer Information

View tips on internet connection and speed, learn about web browsers, find discounts on low cost internet service and other resources.

Legislation

Broadband Legislation Tracker

View a list of all Federal legislation related to broadband curated by Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization.