Keeping up with the speeds available to mainland customers will require new cables connecting Hawaii to the grid, but who will foot the bill? Will Hawaii businesses be able to compete in the global economy?
As higher resolution video and “the internet of things” place bigger and bigger demands on our broadband network, the need for new infrastructure is obvious, but who is planning for the next stage?
The State of Hawaii is at risk of falling behind economically if a new plan to improve broadband speeds isn’t implemented soon, but none seem to be in the works. Many of these questions and more will be discussed at our Salon Series on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 6 pm.
Burt Lum, our presenter, is the Strategy Officer – Hawaii Broadband Initiative, Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and has more than 30 years in Hawaii’s technology and communications sector.
He is an Instructor at the University of Hawaiʻi in the Information & Computer Science Dept. and teaches Intro to Social Media among other topics. He is also the co-host of Bytemarks Cafe, a weekly science and technology show on Hawaii Public Radio.
Presentation: Burt will discuss the projected requirements of broadband customers in the near future and what needs to be done in order for Hawaii to keep up with the rest of the world. Please join us for this eye-opening presentation about Hawaii’s Internet future.
What: Akakū Upstairs: The Uncertain Future of Internet Access in Hawaii, Burt Lum, Strategy Officer – Hawaii Broadband Initiative, Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism