State Broadband Projects
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Hawai‘i Broadband Initiative (DBEDT-HBI) has issued a Request for Interest (RFI) as it seeks fixed broadband service providers for a covered partnership with the State of Hawai‘i’s application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) competitive Broadband Infrastructure Program.
The Hawaii Broadband Initiative in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is seeking proposals for the development of a master infrastructure plan (master plan) for deploying robust, resilient broadband infrastructure throughout the State of Hawaii. A major impetus of the need for this statewide master plan is the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act and the upcoming American Jobs Plan Act which is expected to pass shortly. These two federal initiatives provide significant sums of funding for broadband which Hawaii can utilize to enhance its broadband infrastructure. This master plan will be used to plan and implement the upgrade to Hawaii’s broadband infrastructure to allow for reasonably priced universal access, enhanced network capacity and speed to meet the needs of the next decade of digital expansion, and improve the resiliency of the network.
DBEDT’s Hawaii Broadband Initiative seeks the services of qualified engineering firms to provide design and engineering services for carrier-neutral cable landing infrastructure on four publicly owned sites on the Islands of Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai.