Biden admin awards over $5.5 million to Hawaii in 'Internet for All' planning grants

Biden admin awards over $5.5 million to Hawaii in 'Internet for All' planning grants. The grants will be used toward deploying high-speed Internet networks and developing digital skills training programs. #pressrelease

November 30, 2022

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that Hawaii received its first "Internet for All" grants for deploying high-speed Internet networks and developing digital skills training programs under the Biden-Harris Administration's Internet for All initiative. Hawaii is receiving $5,570,883.00 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden, to plan for the deployment and adoption of affordable, equitable, and reliable high-speed Internet service throughout the state.

All 50 U.S. states and six territories applied for planning grant funding for the Internet for All initiative's Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program and the Digital Equity Act program. Grant awards for all 56 eligible entities will be announced on a rolling basis.

About Hawaii's Planning Grants

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program

The BEAD Program provides $42.45 billion to expand high-speed Internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs.

Hawaii will receive $5 million to fund various activities including:

  • Identifying unserved and underserved households;

  • Increasing capacity of the State Broadband Office;

  • Engaging locally with the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to better understand barriers to adoption for unserved and underserved communities.

Digital Equity

The Digital Equity Act provides $2.75 billion to establish three grant programs to ensure that all people and communities have the skills, technology, and capacity needed to reap the full benefits of our digital economy. The first part of NTIA's execution of the Digital Equity Act is to fund digital equity planning efforts.

Hawaii will receive $570,883.00 to fund various activities including:

  • Development of the Digital Equity plan for Hawaii through the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism;

  • Outreach with the State Broadband Office to stakeholders in unserved and underserved communities;

  • Development of collaborative partnerships among stakeholders to achieve digital equity in Hawaii.

Internet for All

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes a historic $65 billion investment to expand affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access in communities across the U.S. NTIA recently launched a series of new high-speed Internet grant programs funded by the law that will build high-speed Internet infrastructure across the country, create more low-cost high-speed Internet service options, and address the digital equity and inclusion needs in our communities.

Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Read the full press release here.


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