Committees hold informational briefing on status of telecommunication services on Hawaiian Homeland
The Senate Committees on Technology and Hawaiian Affairs will hold an informational briefing to review the current status of telecommunications services and opportunities on Hawaiian home lands that will include an update on the Sandwich Isles legal proceedings.
The briefing will be held in conference room 016 on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The briefing will also discuss the Federal Communications Commission 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. The 2.5 GHz frequency band is suitable for both mobile coverage and fixed point-to-point uses and could play an important role in the deployment of broadband and other advanced communication services on tribal lands.
In January 2020, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Governor requested that the FCC designate Hawaiian home lands as eligible for the auction. This request represents a unique opportunity for communities in rural areas to obtain access to important connectivity solutions that are being leveraged in tribal communities across the country.
All hearings of the Committee on Technology will be live streamed on the Hawaii Senate YouTube page.