Hawaii’s Internet Relies On Increasingly Tenuous Undersea Cables

May 31, 2020 | Honolulu Civil Beat

By Allan Parachini

Private Cable Owners Don’t Need To Disclose To The Public

"To Burt Lum and many members of the Hawaii Broadband Hui, which Lum organized in March at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, a fundamental problem in Hawaii is that the three critical submarine cables are all owned by private companies reluctant to discuss their businesses publicly. Spectrum Cable, for example, declined to say how much cable capacity it uses. A spokesman said the company sees specifics about its network as confidential business information.

Hawaiian Tel said it, too, could not describe its technical operations, cable capacity and system redundancy in any detail. 

Lum, who runs the Hawaii Broadband Initiative in the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, has advocated for creation of a publicly owned interisland fiber system.

Although it likely won’t happen anytime soon, Lum said, he’s starting to search for private sector partners. He’s even identified sites on Oahu and Hawaii island that could serve as publicly owned and controlled cable landing points."

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