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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a host site for the Overwatch League's East vs. West tournament this week. This is the first time a mainstream international esports tournament is being held in the state, and it could help launch a major economic opportunity for Hawaiʻi.

Casey Harlow / HPR

Updated 5/4/21, 8:37 a.m.

Nearly 3,000 bills were proposed this past legislative session. But only a few hundred were passed by both the House and Senate last week. Among those that were approved, are measures that could improve the state's broadband infrastructure.

Technological advances allow the next generation of undersea fiber optic cables to traverse the Pacific without stopping in Hawaii.


In his annual state of the state address, Hawaii Governor David Ige outlined his vision for Hawaii’s post-pandemic future; what he called Hawaii 2.0.

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Photocitizen via Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, since weʻre hearing a lot about the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Bill, weʻll delve into what it means for broadband. With broadband explicitly spelt out, we’ll learn what Congress is funding and how States are to apply for funding.


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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has released a plan on how it will try to strengthen broadband infrastructure across the state.

The 45-page Hawaii Broadband Strategic Plan 2020 aims to make broadband services available to as much of the state as possible.

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Office of Planning, published the plan, which updates the original Hawaii Broadband Strategic Plan that was released in 2012.

Jarmoluk, Pixabay
Jarmoluk, Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we'll learn about the recent FCC auction of the 3.5GHz frequency better known as Citizen Broadband Radio Service. We’ll find out why companies want access to this frequency and how they plan to use it.

Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay

Find out what it takes to get broadband connectivity to remote areas like Hana. On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk about fiber optics, finding the right route, and why after decades, getting connected is finally becoming a reality.

Permitting Process Established for 5G Infrastructure

Jun 25, 2018
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App-based services and businesses have fundamentally changed the economic landscape. But their evolution would not have been possible without a high-speed wireless network over which to transmit all that data. That network is known as 4G or LTE.

The next generation of even faster wireless networks is known as 5G, and it’s poised to further change an already dynamic digital landscape… but those networks can’t be built without first developing the infrastructure to support 5G.

HVCA Panel: 5G and Fiberoptic Broadband Top Priorities

Dec 1, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Venture Capital Association hosted a panel discussion future legislation and funding. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.