Taking a statewide, holistic approach to the Hawaii Broadband Initiative (HBI), DBEDT recognizes that broadband touches the entire community to provide the foundation for innovation, economic development, healthcare, education, public safety, entertainment, etc. through the entire continuum of broadband connectivity including:
- Transpacific fiber optic cable and carrier neutral fiber landing infrastructure
- Terrestrial backhaul to connect subsea cables to data centers and aggregation points on-island
- Wireless broadband deployment including 5G small cells
- Inter-Island fiber optic connectivity between the Hawaiian Islands
- Rural Broadband, Last mile/First mile and Community Networks
- Broadband Application Drivers: distance learning, telework, telehealth, big data, smart city, smart grid, machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, eSports, and access to government services.
The first step toward establishing key strategic digital infrastructure for HBI involves building carrier neutral cable landing infrastructure on Oahu and the neighbor islands to lower the cost barrier for transpacific fiber optic cables to land in Hawaii, to create a robust broadband network in Hawaii, to extend gigabit broadband to the entire state, rural and urban, and to create an environment in Hawaii for the digital economy to thrive.
The current situation is that most of the transpacific fiber projects are bypassing Hawaii. These cables are crucial in enabling broadband service in Hawaii and keeping Hawaii connected and competitive in the global marketplace.
One of the first objectives of the Hawaii Broadband Initiative is to conduct planning, designing, and construction of a transpacific fiber optic cable landing infrastructure, including permitting, surveys, undersea horizontal bores and conduits on land.