State Broadband Office Receives Federal Funds to Help Students and Families Access Affordable High-Speed Internet

Posted on Jun 26, 2023 in News

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2023

Hawaii residents are encouraged to enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program

HONOLULU—The State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) was notified that it would receive a federal grant of $740,000 to conduct outreach for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) – the largest internet affordability program in our nation’s history – which will be administered by the Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office (HBDEO).

The ACP provides eligible households up to $30/month (or up to $75/month for households on Hawaiian Home Lands) off internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 off a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

The federal award follows the announcement from the Biden-Harris Administration that Civic Nation and the U.S. Department of Education have launched Online For All, a digital equity campaign working to close the digital divide.

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) defines digital equity as the condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed to fully participate in our society, democracy, and economy.

“Time is of the essence for kupuna who need access to telehealth and safety. The internet is a way for kupuna to reach their family and friends,” said Ron Kodani, Vice President of Piihonua Hawaiian Homestead Community Association. “Without the internet, Hawaiian children are falling through the cracks. They come home from school and are without internet and cannot do their homework.”

“The Affordable Connectivity Program is one of our key initiatives to help our residents realize the full potential of the internet,” said Burt Lum, State Broadband Coordinator of the Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office. “With the ACP outreach grant, we will be able to support organizations like the Piihonua Hawaiian Homestead Community Association in their efforts to sign up beneficiaries to the program.”

For more information on the Affordable Connectivity Program and to determine eligibility, visit or contact [email protected].

About Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office (HBDEO):
HBDEO was established within the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism with a mission to support and coordinate statewide deployment of high-speed internet access (broadband) and to achieve the goals of digital equity and adoption for all residents of Hawaii. HBDEO’s functions include the coordination, implementation, promotion, funding and managing of programs that ensure the equitable distribution of digital technologies and provides pathways to maximize Hawaii’s competitiveness in the digital economy.

About Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT):
DBEDT is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawaii’s citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.

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Laci Goshi
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
(808) 587-9006