High speed

June 21st, 2011

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a bill into law to temporarily exempt the development of broadband infrastructure from state and county permitting requirements.

The law allows for permitting exemptions for five years – from 2012 to 2017 – on broadband upgrades on existing utility poles and conduits used for telecommunications. Telecommunications companies would also be exempt from new utility pole replacement regulations on broadband upgrades.

The law is intended to expand access to high-speed Internet service in Hawaii.

“This is the first major step, I believe, in making a commitment to broadband expansion and capacity and availability that will literally give us the opportunity to have a future here in Hawaii, most particularly a future for our young people,” Abercrombie said.

The Hawaii broadband task force has posted an interactive map for consumers to find broadband access.

3 Responses to “High speed”

  1. galekaminari:

    I am not so sure that it is a good idea to exempt the infrastructure from County permit requirements, and utility pole replacement regulations.

  2. Kolea:

    Anything in here to encourage competition in the delivery of broadband services? Or have both the Democrats and Republicans given up on the notion of competitive capitalism? Clearly, the delivery of massive amounts of data has transformed many aspects of our lives. But the evolution of the technology, the ever-evolving nature of the data and interactions provided through that massive data stream, has benefited from competition between the ideas of different minds unleashed by, and themselves further unleashing, the possibilities inherent in complex, bi-directional data streams.

    There are always people whose creativity is not applied to inventing something new, but in figuring how to seize control of the money-making opportunities being created by the new technology as it transforms society. So, when possible, they find a choke-point in the system and secure monopolistic control in this way, charging a toll on whatever passes through “their” spot in the chain of human activity.

    The telecommunication giants are like this.

    The Silk Road existed for hundreds of years as a trade route from the Mediterranean Sea overland to China and Southeast Asia. Bandits positioned themselves at narrow mountain passes and charged those passing through a portion of their goods in exchange for “permission” to use a path, thereby getting rich from the creativity and industry of others.

    In today’s economy/entertainment industry, the internet is a flow of glittering and exotics “objects” people desire and it is monopolies like Time-Warner who sits at that mountain pass charging toll, enriching themselves.

    If the maintenance of much of the infrastructure is necessarily a “natural monopoly,” then our government needs to take steps to ensure that monopoly is not abused. In successive administration, the abandoned any pretense at serving the interests of Time-Warner’s captive subscribers. What, if anything, has the administration wrung out of Time-Warner is exchange for this latest gift he has granted to them?

    Or will the “community partnerships” at the core of Neil’s “New Day” economic agenda simply a friendlier way of saying the administration will give corporations whatever they want in exchange for a vague hope that benefits will “trickle down” to the people when the corporations are happy?

  3. Walking Vaughn:

    Broadband to be Trojan Horse for Big Wind Cable?


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