AFCEA International Chapter News
HAWAII CHAPTER CHAPTER - Sep 11, 2018

Update on the Hawaii Broadband Initiative

The chapter's September luncheon speaker was Burt Lum, strategy officer for the Hawaii Broadband Initiative. A longtime supporter and collaborator with the industry and government sectors, Lum was adamant about how Hawaii needs to look at its critical data infrastructure to stay competitive for the future. He briefed the chapter on the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, which includes establishing the infrastructure to deploy a 5G network. A 5G network can provide more bandwidth, low latency and low power consumption. The Hawaii initiative started about 10 years ago as the Broadband Task Force with the key objectives to identify and form a forward-looking vision for the state's data needs. It looked to create a one-stop broadband authority, stimulate demand for broadband service and welcome trans-Pacific fiber cabling to Hawaii. Funding still must be approved and allocated. Because of this delay, Lum explained that many of today's cables for trans-Pacific broadband bypass Hawaii, and the state is regarded as a "retail outlet." Lum's organization now works toward a 2021 timeline to set Hawaii on the map with a carrier-neutral land station. At the luncheon, the chapter also recognized award winners, including Sgt. Andrew Pascuzzi, USMC, Young AFCEAN of the Month; Opeta O'Brien, AFCEAN of the Month; and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Vanderla Akaka, USN, Senior Government Leader.

Event Photographs:

Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), presents a token of appreciation to Burt Lum, strategy officer for the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, after his September presentation.
Chapter President Lt. Col. Callistus Elbourne, USAF (l), presents a token of appreciation to Burt Lum, strategy officer for the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, after his September presentation.
Col. Elbourne (l) recognizes chapter award winners in September, including (from 2nd from l) Chief Warrant Officer 4 Vanderla Akaka, USN, Opeta O'Brien and Sgt. Andrew Pascuzzi, USMC.
Col. Elbourne (l) recognizes chapter award winners in September, including (from 2nd from l) Chief Warrant Officer 4 Vanderla Akaka, USN, Opeta O'Brien and Sgt. Andrew Pascuzzi, USMC.

For more details regarding this event contact:
EB Lawson
(808) 535-3444

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