STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1351
RE: H.R. No. 6
Honorable Joseph M. Souki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.R. No. 6 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION REQUESTING REPORTS REGARDING STATE AGENCY ACTION TO ENSURE ACCESS BY RURAL COMMUNITIES TO CELLULAR AND BROADBAND SERVICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Requesting the Public Utilities Commission to report on efforts to ensure that all consumers are provided telecommunication services comparable to those in the metropolitan areas of the State and are provided with nondiscriminatory, reasonable, and equitable access to high quality telecommunications network facilities and capabilities, including efforts and plans to find and fund such services; and
(2) Requesting the Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to report on the progress and plans to establish affordable, accessible broadband services to unserved and underserved areas of Hawaii and efforts to find and access funding for providing such services.
Mainstreet Pahoa Association and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs supported the intent of this measure. An individual commented on this measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 6 and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair