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Fiber Internet Service Available for 95% of Molokai

Hawaiian Telcom News Release

Hawaiian Telcom expanded availability of its fast, reliable fiber internet service Fioptics to four of Molokai’s five zip codes, which equates to more than 95 percent of the island. Many Molokai residents may qualify for free service from the HI Connect Broadband Project.

Nearly 4,500 residents and businesses of Ho‘olehua, Kaunakakai, Kualapu‘u, and Maunaloa can access Hawaiian Telcom’s Fioptics internet service that delivers the fastest upload speed in the state of 500 megabits per second and 1 gigabit per second download, which is among the fastest speeds in Hawaii.

“We are grateful for Hawaiian Telcom’s investment to provide the high-speed connectivity that families and businesses need to thrive,” said Senator Lynn DeCoite who represents Molokai, Lanai, East and Upcountry Maui. “As a small, isolated rural community, reliable internet access is critical for our residents to access essential services, such as health care and education.”

“Today the neighborhood in which you live can determine your access to schools, jobs, housing, transportation, healthcare services, and more,” said Hawaiian Telcom President Su Shin. “We are leveling the playing field by expanding access to our 100 percent fiber internet service and connecting our residents to needed resources. Access is the first step in bridging the digital divide, and Hawaiian Telcom is committed to expanding broadband access to more people in more places in Hawaii.”

People who reside on Molokai including Hawaiian homesteads may qualify for free internet service through August 2024, courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s HI Connect Broadband Project. For more information or to see if you qualify, please visit hawaiiantel.com/hiconnect and click “See if You’re Eligible” or call Hawaiian Telcom at (808) 643-3456.

Hawaiian Telcom participates in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that offers a discount of up to $30/month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75/month for households on qualifying tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a discount to purchase a device from participating providers. For information about ACP eligibility and enrollment, please visit fcc.gov/acp.


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