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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  ENCOURAGING GREATER AVAILABILITY OF CABLE ACCESS AND ADVANCED
    TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE IN REMOTE RURAL AREAS. 


 1        WHEREAS, the cable television industry states that its
 2   services are now available to ninety-nine percent of American
 3   households; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, basic telephone and telecommunications services
 6   are available to a similar percentage of the population; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, while cable television and even telephone
 9   services were at one time regarded as luxury items, they are
10   increasingly essential to the quality of life; and
11   
12        WHEREAS, many distance learning and interactive
13   educational options are conducted on broadcast
14   telecommunications and cable access channels that are not
15   accessible to some remote rural areas; and
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17        WHEREAS, many technological options are available that may
18   have application in Hawaii's remote rural areas; and
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20        WHEREAS, progress has been made in recent months to
21   develop and implement new technology; and
22   
23        WHEREAS, in 1998, the Legislature passed Senate Concurrent
24   Resolution No. 184, Encouraging the Promotion of Community
25   Media Throughout the State, which supports the Department of
26   Commerce and Consumer Affairs' efforts to develop a statewide
27   organization to promote sharing of community media and further
28   encourages improved communication between all the islands with
29   particular attention to the special needs rural areas; now,
30   therefore;
31   
32        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
33   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
34   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that government, the cable
35   television industry, and the telecommunications industry are
36   encouraged to continue their efforts to find cost-effective
37   service solutions to provide cable access and advanced

 
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 1   telecommunications infrastructure in remote rural areas of the
 2   State; and
 3   
 4        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 5   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the
 6   Mayors of each County, and the Chairs of each County Council.