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Hawaii situation calls for tailored broadband funding


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 14, 2013

~~<p>Access to fast, reliable Internet service is no luxury in the Information Age. The Federal Communications Commission recognizes this, having redirected the ratepayer fund once used to bring telephone service to underserved rural areas to provide high-speed online access in areas too remote and sparsely populated to attract profit-seeking telecommunications companies on their own.</p>
<p>The philosophy behind the FCC's Connect America program is sound, especially given that vital social services such as education and health care are greatly enhanced by high-quality, real-time communication. Telemedi- cine, distance learning, even video chats between farflung family members improve the quality of life for folks living far outside the urban core.</p>
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Access to fast, reliable Internet service is no luxury in the Information Age. The Federal Communications Commission recognizes this, having redirected the ratepayer fund once used to bring telephone service to underserved rural areas to provide high-speed online access in areas too remote and sparsely populated to attract profit-seeking telecommunications companies on their own.

The philosophy behind the FCC's Connect America program is sound, especially given that vital social services such as education and health care are greatly enhanced by high-quality, real-time communication. Telemedi- cine, distance learning, even video chats between farflung family members improve the quality of life for folks living far outside the urban core. Login for more...



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