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Governor signs bills to improve digital access

The Maui News

Gov. David Ige has signed into law a package of bills that advances efforts to improve digital access for communities across the state.

“We are committed to addressing the digital divide for all Hawaii residents, and these bills will bring us another step closer towards an inclusive digital community, where all ohana, keiki and kupuna have the tools needed to thrive in today’s digital world,” Ige said.

The package includes:

• Senate Bill 2076, which directs the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office to convene a Broadband Working Group to determine the appropriate governance structure to operate, maintain and oversee broadband assets.

• Senate Bill 2214, which establishes a digital literacy program to be overseen by the Board of Education and implemented by the state librarian to promote digital literacy through programmatic activities, including making digital technology accessible to individuals with disabilities.

• Senate Bill 2184, which establishes a Digital Learning Center within the Department of Education. It also appropriates funds to staff and administer the Digital Learning Center.

• Senate Bill 2479, which requires each public housing project and state low-income housing project that is built or reconstructed after Jan. 1, 2023, to include all broadband infrastructure necessary for tenants to have access to broadband service.

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