$36 Million Broadband Upgrade For UH, Public Schools And Libraries

The University of Hawaii System received nearly $36 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce to expand broadband capabilities for Hawaii's educational system, improving students' access to educational tools like distance learning.

The public will benefit from improved access to information, networking tools and training.

The upgrades are expected to be completed within two years and include:

  • The Ke Ala Ike (Pathway to Knowledge) project: high-speed fiber optic connectivity to every public school, library and college campus on every one of Hawaii's islands, totaling 388 physical sites. Schools will have an initial capability of 1 gigabit per second, and higher education sites will have connection speeds of 10 gigabits per second.
  • Access for All: Almost 700 broadband-connected computers for public use throughout Hawaii.
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