Free wifi hotspots being rolled out to communities statewide

Free wifi hotspots being rolled out to communities statewide

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Free public WiFi is now available in select areas on Kauai, Maui and Molokai, with more locations coming soon, state officials said.

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs says this is the first wave of public WiFi hotspots provided by Spectrum. The company will provide at least 1,000 new hotspots throughout the state by May 2020.

Most of those hotspots will only be available to Spectrum customers, but 100 of them will be free and open to the public. The free hotspots offer one hour of wifi per device per day.

"In recognition of the importance of public internet access for Hawaii residents, we have made it a priority to expand connectivity across the state—especially into our rural and underserved communities," said Gov. David Ige, in a news release.

Out of the 100 free hotspots planned, 44 are either available or coming soon.

  • Numerous bus stops around the island of Kauai
  • Business and community gathering places in Hana and Wailuku on the island of Maui
  • Shared courtyards of the Department of Taxation and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on Oahu (by fall 2018)
  • Hard-to-serve public areas in Kalaupapa (active) and Kaunakakai (by fall 2018) on the island of Molokai
  • Big Island locations are identified and forthcoming

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