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The Cable Television Division works to promote and facilitate the development and deployment of broadband services to provide access to affordable Internet access across the State, as well as promote broadband adoption and use to ensure that all residents may benefit from all of the services and resources available on the Internet.
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Broadband Deployment Information
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Deployment Data Resources
The FCC is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing the nation’s communications law and regulations. The FCC also promotes competition and investment in broadband services and facilities. As part of this work, the FCC collects and publishes data and reports on broadband availability across the nation based upon deployment data reported by facilities-based providers of broadband service on its Form 477.
Two FCC resources that rely primarily upon the Form 477 deployment data are the FCC’s (1) annual broadband deployment reports; and (2) broadband deployment maps. The broadband deployment reports and maps include availability data for Hawaii, as noted or linked to below.
Note: The Form 477 data is reported at the census block level, not the household level, and a whole census block is classified as served if the Form 477 data indicates that service is being provided anywhere in the block. Thus, the Form 477 data may overstate the deployment of services. The Form 477 data may also overstate or understate the deployment of services to the extent that broadband providers fail to report data or misreport data.
FCC Broadband Progress Reports
2018 Broadband Deployment Report
The full 2018 Broadband Deployment Report may be accessed here.
For fixed services (DSL, cable, fiber and satellite), the FCC’s current speed benchmark for “advanced telecommunications capability” is 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload (25 Mbps/3 Mbps).
Highlights of information on Hawaii broadband deployment in the 2018 Broadband Deployment Report, using data as of year-end 2016:
- 95.3% of Hawaii’s population has access to fixed broadband
- 98.5% access in urban areas
- 63.1% access in rural areas
- 99.8% of Hawaii’s population has access to Mobile LTE with a minimum advertised speed of at 5Mbps/1Mbps speeds
- 100% access in urban areas
- 98.3% access in rural areas
International Broadband Data Report (Sixth)
The full International Broadband Data Report (Sixth) may be accessed here.
The FCC’s International Bureau’s sixth International Broadband Data Report provides comparative international information on broadband services and, where possible, a year-to-year measure of the extent of broadband service capability in the United States and select communities and countries abroad.
Highlights of information on Hawaii broadband deployment in the International Broadband Data Report (Sixth), using data as of year-end 2016:
- For 2016, Hawaii is ranked 7th of 77 U.S. States & Countries for Mean (Weighted) Fixed Download Speeds
- 2015 Ranking: 13
- 2014 Ranking: 61
- For 2016, Hawaii is ranked 55th of 77 U.S. States & Countries for Mean (Weighted) Mobile Download Speeds
- 2015 Ranking: 48
- 2014 Ranking: 63
FCC Broadband Coverage Maps
Fixed Broadband Deployment Map –The FCC publishes maps to help the public visualize fixed-broadband deployment data, including this map which allows users to to filter and display deployment data based on a variety of technologies (ADSL, cable modem, FTTP, fixed wireless, satellite and other) and broadband speeds (at least 200 kbps, 10 Mbps downstream / 1 Mbps upstream, 25 Mbps downstream / 3 Mbps upstream, etc.). For more information on how to use this map, please see the Fixed Broadband Deployment Map’s “About” page.
You may also enter an address and see service availability, a list of providers who report service availability for that location with the type of service offered and the maximum speeds offered, and demographic information.