Governor Neil Abercrombie, state officials and business leaders gathered at a center of technology and research at the University of Hawaii Tuesday to call for affordable ultra-high-speed Internet statewide. The target connection is 1 gigabit per second.
Experts say that would be 200 times faster than your typical household connection today. The governor called it transformative infrastructure.
?It?s a high-tech version of a road, a pathway that will ensure our state is a global leader and continues to advance in areas like education and health care,? Abercrombie said.
The National Academy of Sciences said ultra-high-speed internet will help students learn, improve medical services and help the economy.
One business leader said high-speed internet means high-paying jobs.
?If Hawaii has higher speed, we will be the next Silicon Valley,? said entrepreneur Henk Rogers.
Tuesday's news conference was transmitted in high definition to neighbor islands. Technicians said with ultra-fast connections it would be faster and clearer.
Officials said they hope to have Hawaii connected to broadband capability by 2018.