Hawaii sets 1 Gbps broadband delivery goal

Hawaii thinks that its Internet consumers should be able to get a 1 Gbps connection, and in order to reach that speed goal launched the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, which aims to make very-high-speed service available throughout the state by 2018.

Already, Hawaii is building out a middle mile network thanks to a $33.6 million federal broadband stimulus grant that will supply 1 Gbps connectivity to its schools, libraries and universities.

Similar to other statewide broadband and middle mile efforts taken by the North Carolina Research and Education Network's (NCREN) Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI), Hawaii's Broadband Initiative's is also focused on leveraging higher speed broadband connections for applications in health care, education, public safety, and driving government efficiency.

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