Nearly half of the homes on the island of Molokai now have access to fiber broadband service, after Hawaiian Telcom added about 700 new homesteads in East and North Central Molokai to its service area.
More than 300 locations in Kualapuu and more than 350 in Ualapue have access to broadband with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gig) download and 300 megabits per second (Mbps) upload. One gig speed enables multiple connected devices to run bandwidth-intense applications like streaming video, cloud-based services and video conferencing simultaneously without sacrificing quality.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that broadband is a necessity in today’s world,” said Su Shin, President and General Manager. “As a company that’s committed to Hawaii, our goal is to extend the reach of our broadband service to as many locations as possible so more local residents can work and learn from home, access healthcare, purchase essential goods and services, and most importantly, stay connected to loved ones and to the world around them.”
Hawaiian Telcom’s rural broadband deployment is partially supported by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund, which is aimed at expanding broadband services in rural areas that are unserved or underserved. Hawaiian Telcom has invested more than half a billion dollars in expanding its fiber network, and has successfully deployed broadband service to more than 10,000 homes and businesses in rural areas statewide over the past five years.
Qualified locations will receive a mailer with instructions on how to order service. For questions or to check availability of services, consumers can visit hawaiiantel.com/molokai or call toll-free 643-FAST.
About Hawaiian Telcom
Hawaiian Telcom, established and headquartered in Honolulu since 1883, offers a full range of services to business and residential customers including Internet, video, voice, wireless, data network solutions and security, colocation, and managed and cloud services – all supported by the reach and reliability of its next generation fiber network and 24/7 state-of-the-art network operations center. For more information, visit hawaiiantel.com.