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November 18, 2020

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Bill on Emergency Alert Systems Readiness Passed the House

The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act, a bill reintroduced in March by US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and three other representatives, passed the House by voice vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
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October 27, 2020

FCC Grants Licenses To Department of Hawaiian Home Lands To Build Wireless Networks

The Federal Communications Commission approved a grant that would provide the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands ownership of broadband spectrum to deploy wireless internet services on Kaua‘i, Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i and Maui.
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October 14, 2020

Hawaiian Telcom Expands Fiber Broadband Service on Moloka‘i

Hawaiian Telcom has expanded its fiber broadband service to nearly 700 new homesteads in East and North Central Moloka‘i, with more than 300 locations in Kualapu‘u and more than 350 in ‘Ualapu‘e.
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August 16, 2020

DHHL Submits Wireless Spectrum Applications to FCC

The waiver affirms DHHL as the only entity with the legal standing to apply in the Window and implement broadband service on Hawaiian Home Lands.
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October 24, 2019

Schatz Urges FCC to Lift Funding Cap on USF Programs

“Especially in rural areas, USF programs have been key to redefining access to services and ensuring that the most vulnerable Americans have the tools and bandwidth necessary to communicate with one another, receive telehealth services, and engage in teaching and learning online,” the senators wrote.
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August 03, 2019

FCC Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System, Aug. 7

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The test code used will be the National Periodic Test (NPT). Unlike last year’s test, there will be no Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test accompanying the EAS test.... Read more »
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May 18, 2019

FCC Expands Broadband to Ha‘ikū, Hāna, Olowalu

Today the FCC announced that Hawaiian Telcom will receive $18.1 million over 10 years to expand high-speed broadband access to the most rural areas of Hawai‘i.
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December 10, 2018

Akakū: FCC Rulemaking Could End Community Television

The FCC is asking for comments on a proposed rule that, if adopted, could mark an end of community television stations like Akakū, station executives warn.
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July 13, 2018

FCC Takes Action to Improve Emergency Alert System

Under the new action, relevant state, local, and tribal agencies are required to report all false emergency alerts to the Commission.
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February 05, 2018

Ige Signs Executive Order to Protect Net Neutrality in Hawai‘i

Gov. David Ige signed an executive order that directs all state government agencies to contract for internet-related services ONLY with providers who...
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January 30, 2018

Sen. Schatz: “Missile Alerts Should be Handled by Federal Government”

Sen. Schatz said the reports from the FCC and the State of Hawai‘i reinforce his belief that missile alerts should be handled by the federal government.
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January 30, 2018

FCC Report: Day Shift Warning Officer Believed the Missile Threat Was Real

The Federal Communications Commission today released a preliminary report on the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaiʻi that occurred on Jan. 13, 2018.
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January 16, 2018

Hawai‘i Sues to Stop Net Neutrality Rollback

Attorney General Chin said, “Big business must not be deciding what people in Hawaiʻi can access on the Internet and how easily we can access it."
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January 14, 2018

FCC: No Reasonable Safeguards to Prevent False Missile Alert in Hawai‘i

FCC: It appears that the government of Hawaiʻi did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert.
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December 14, 2017

FCC Votes 3-2 to Repeal Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission today cast a 3-2 vote along party lines to repeal net neutrality protections implemented during the Obama administration.
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