THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2546

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 206M, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Part    . HAWAII BROADBAND OFFICE

206M-   Definitions. As used in this part:

"Broadband" means high-speed internet access that is always on, including mobile and fixed technologies.

"Corporation" means the Hawaii technology development corporation.

"Office" means the Hawaii broadband office.

206M-   Hawaii broadband office; establishment; state broadband strategy officer; staff. (a) There is established the Hawaii broadband office within the Hawaii technology development corporation.

(b) The chief executive officer of the Hawaii technology development corporation shall appoint, exempt from chapter 76, a state broadband strategy officer to head the office. The corporation shall employ any staff as may be necessary for the purposes of this part; provided that any staff employed pursuant to this section shall be exempt from chapter 76.

206M-   Hawaii broadband office; duties. In furtherance of the State's objectives and policies for the economy pursuant to section 226-10.5, the office shall:

(1) Develop and implement specific strategies and plans to aggressively increase broadband affordability, penetration, and competitive availability in the State;

(2) Support the efforts of both public and private entities in Hawaii to enhance or facilitate the deployment of and access to competitively priced, advanced electronic communications services, including broadband and its products and services and internet access services of general application throughout Hawaii;

(3) Promote the landing of trans-Pacific submarine cable, including the development of a shared access cable station and associated terrestrial connectivity to reduce barriers to fiber landing in Hawaii;

(4) Promote, advocate, and facilitate the implementation of the findings and recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force established by Act 2, First Special Session Laws of Hawaii 2007; and

(5) Actively seek out funding from private and public sources in furtherance of the office's duties pursuant to this part.

206M-   Broadband planning and coordination; cooperation. (a) The office shall:

(1) Seek input and the widest possible cooperation from public and private agencies and individuals to achieve the purposes of this part;

(2) Promote coordinated broadband planning; and

(3) To the extent feasible, incorporate the ideas and suggestions of broadband stakeholders in the office's planning directives.

(b) Nothing in this part shall be construed to delegate or detract in any way from the functions, powers, and duties conferred by law or rule on any department or agency of the State or county."

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the creation and staffing of the Hawaii broadband office, including the establishment of three full-time equivalent (3.00 FTE) positions that are exempt from chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii technology development corporation for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.


 


 

Report Title:

Hawaii Technology Development Corporation; Hawaii Broadband Office; Appropriation

 

Description:

Establishes the Hawaii broadband office within the Hawaii technology development corporation. Appropriates funds for the establishment and staffing for the Hawaii broadband office. (SD1)

 

 

 

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