Super-fast fiber internet service available for select homes and businesses on Maui

Hawaiian Telecom has expanded Internet service “at the speed of light” to select locations in Haʻikū, Kīhei, and Makawao in 2022. Photo credit: Hawaiian Telcom

In the first six months of 2022, Hawaiian Telcom expanded its fiber optic infrastructure to provide high-speed Internet service to more than 22,000 homes and businesses across the state.

More than half of these homes and businesses are on nearby islands, including parts of Haʻikū, Kīhei, and Makawao on Maui.

The company said in a press release that it is close to achieving its goal of providing 50,000 homes and businesses with access to its super-fast, 100% fiber internet service. Fioptic by the end of the year.

Residents and businesses can visit hawaiiantel.com/fioptics to check if Fioptics is available for their home or business.

Fioptic is Hawaii’s only 100% fiber internet service, offering the state’s fastest download speed of 500 megabits per second and one gigabit upload, one of the fastest download speeds available, has said the company.

Gigabit fiber optic internet speeds transmit data faster and can support more than 20 devices. Today, consumers are steadily sending more data in the form of two-way communications, from games to telehealth visits to video calls, driving demand for faster download speeds.

“Every household that has access to our 100% fiber Internet is another step toward reducing economic and social disparities in our state,” said Su Shin, president and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom. “We recognize our kuleanaour responsibility, to extend our fiber broadband network to help build digital equity, and we are making tremendous progress in delivering on our commitment to extend fiber to as many communities as possible, as quickly as possible. possible.

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More than 215,000 homes and businesses have access to the “speed of light” Fioptic service today because Hawaiian Telcom is actively investing in expanding its fiber optic infrastructure to help bridge the digital divide that has plagued Hawai’i for many years.

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Since 2010, Hawaiian Telcom has invested more than $1 billion to expand its fiber footprint, to maintain and increase its communications network capacity, and to support its integrated communications solutions for business, residential, and wholesale customers. . Hawaiian Telcom invested over $100 million last year.

To further improve digital equity in Hawai’i, Hawaiian Telcom participates in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides a rebate of up to $30 per month on Internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households located on eligible tribal lands. Native Hawaiian lands are considered eligible tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time rebate of up to $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet from participating vendors if they contribute more than $10 and less. of $50 to the purchase price. For more information on eligibility and registration, visit https://www.fcc.gov/acp.

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