Hawaii has been on my mind and that’s no surprise as many of us dream of visiting one day. In my case Hawaii has been on my mind since my Co-Admin, Richard moved to the Islands. He has been missed on the WordPress.com forums, and I’ve been wondering about how he’s doing when it comes to access to broadband access. In the last few days I have been reading about the attempts to secure a spot for Hawaii in Google’s Fiber for Communities project.
The Hawaii Broadband Task Force is proposing the creation of a Hawaii Communications Commission that would serve both as a regulatory agency and as an advocate for consumers and industry development.
Hawaii ranked 47th in download speeds nationwide in 2009, according to Speed Matters, a Web site run by the Communications Workers of America that tests and compares Internet users’ connection speeds.
The state of Hawai’i is making a bid to be part of Google Inc.’s Fiber for Communities project that will provide ultra-fast internet service to areas it selects around the country. Hawaii submitted its application to Google on, the day before the company’s deadline for city governments and citizens to express interest. Winners will be announced by the end of the year. — Hawaii seeks partnership with Google in ultra-high speed broadband experiment
Through online petitions, a Facebook fan page and a YouTube video by the governor, Hawaii wants to persuade Google to choose the islands for one of its experimental fiber-optic networks, which could bring Internet speeds 100 times faster than those currently available to most Americans. … — Hawaii searching for Internet answers with Google
Gigabit Hawaii – Become a fan to show support for bringing Google’s Gigabit broadband initiative to Hawaii. This chart provided by Bruce Campbell of Hawaii Green IT shows growth in support from the Gigabit Hawaii Facebook and PetitionSpot pages (Facebook fans + PetitionSpot signatures) over the past four days.
See the video – Google’s experimental fiber network
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