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Posted on May 5, 2021 in Latest Department News, Newsroom

WHAT: News Conference: Emergency Broadband Benefit

A new federal program provides qualifying Hawai‘i households with funding for internet services and device purchases.


WHEN:   Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.


WHO:                         Governor David Ige with:

        • Burt Lum, DBEDT, broadband strategy officer
        • Kim Kuʻulei Birnie, Papa Ola Lokahi, communications

and engagement coordinator


WHERE:  Hawai‘i State Capitol, Office of the Governor, 5th floor,

Governor’s Ceremonial Room


DETAILS:   Media questions will be taken through ZOOM, on audio only.

Please RSVP to [email protected] and include your name and news organization. A Zoom link, password and instructions will be sent to the email address from which you sent your RSVP about 30 minutes prior to the news conference.

The RSVP closes today at 12:45 p.m. There will be an audio test for participating reporters at 1:15 p.m.

Pool cameras are allowed at the State Capitol, though the parking garage remains closed except to authorized vehicles. Please forward the full names of pool photographers/news organizations to [email protected] and [email protected] for security clearance. Entry to the Capitol requires identification, masks, and a pre-entry thermal screening. Physical distancing is also required. One television pool photographer is permitted in the governor’s ceremonial room for the media briefing. All media must sign in upon arrival at the governor’s office (sign-in sheet on round table in reception area).

This news briefing will be live streamed on the Governor’s Facebook page: