Hawaii State Senate Requests Study of Broadband Access [telecom]

Requesting The Hawaii Broadband And Digital Equity Office To Conduct A Data Mapping Study To Identify Geographically Underserved And Unserved Areas In The State That Lack Quality Broadband Connectivity.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2022, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office (Office) is requested to conduct a data mapping study to identify geographically underserved and unserved areas in the State that lack quality broadband connectivity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in conducting its mapping study, the Office is requested to use the broadband definitions of "underserved" and "unserved" in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 2021, Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Office is requested to make adjustments, while preserving high granularity, in the mapping to best align with the Federal Communications Commission's Broadband Data Collection program that is scheduled to launch this upcoming summer and is driven by the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act, which allows for upload by organizations in addition to the cable and telecom carriers and includes broadband fabric data to identify every serviceable location in Hawaii

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