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Work is under way for Hawaii to be the first state in the nation with 1 gigabit per second broadband connectivity at all public schools, libraries and universities by using a $33.6 million federal stimulus grant. Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the state’s Broadband Initiative yesterday.

The Hawaii Broadband Initiative (pdf) plans to increase the use of ultra-high-speed broadband services and applications for economic development, health care, education, public safety, government efficiency and civic engagement. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism are leading this effort.

Here’s a video showing the capacity and potential of Australia’s National Broadband Network which is expected to provide fiber or TD-LTE service for most households.

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