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Federal Communications Commission Data on Hawaii Broadband

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By William G. Korver, Reporter,

August 9 - According to the Federal Communications Commission's semi-annual report that was released in March 2008, about 76 percent of Hawaii's ZIP codes have five to nine high-speed Internet providers as of June 30, 2007.

Since the findings of this report, however, the FCC has increased the definition of broadband from 200 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 768 Kbps. Therefore, some of what the FCC classified as high-speed Internet in June 2007 is now no longer considered to be broadband.

The June 2007 FCC report, found that a plurality of ZIP codes (19 percent) in Hawaii had eight broadband providers. The following is the data collected by the FCC in June 2007 concerning the percentage of Zip codes with high-speed lines in service in Hawaii:

Zero- 0
One- 0
Two- 2
Three- 10
Four- 10
Five- 17
Six- 13
Seven- 17
Eight- 19
Nine- 10
>=Ten- 2

The initial set of data listed below concerns the amount of high-speed Hawaii providers by technology as of June 30, 2007. The number that appears in parenthesis regards the number of high-speed lines per technology in Hawaii. Both set of figures are from the FCC’s March 2008 report.

ADSL- 1-3 (*)
SDSL- 1-3 (*)
Traditional Wireline- 5 (813)
Cable Moden- 1-3 (*)
Fiber- 4 (329)
satellite- 1-3 (*)
fixed wireless- 1-3 (*)
mobile wireless- 1-3 (*)
power line and other- 0 (0)
Total (unduplicated)- 14 (486,337)

Of the 486,337 broadband lines in Hawaii in June 2007, the FCC states that 306,910 were residential, while the remaining 179,427 were business high-speed lines.

According to the data published by the FCC, the amount of overall high-speed lines rose by almost 200,000 lines in only one year as there were merely 294, 612 high-speed lines in Hawaii as of June 2006.

Editor’s Note: The FCC states that * means data has been withheld to maintain carrier confidentiality.

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