The Hawaii State Senate is set to vote on a bill that would expand state funding for local governments to build broadband networks.
The bill, SB 1142, would provide $2.6 billion over five years for the construction of state-owned fiber optic networks.
The bill, which would also expand local government broadband, would also create an agency called the Hawaii Infrastructure Investment Fund, which could provide funding for new broadband networks, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
The plan would also help fund the expansion of state broadband.
It would increase funding from $500,000 to $2 million.
The Senate bill is being pushed by Senator Chris Hegseth, a Democrat who represents a rural area in Hawaii.
The senator’s office says the proposal would help expand access to broadband.
“This is an important step in our efforts to make it easier for our communities to reach their potential, while also creating economic opportunity,” Heg seth said in a statement.
“This is a great opportunity to invest billions of dollars to support the growth of the Internet of Things in Hawaii.”
Hegseth has previously criticized the state of the state’s infrastructure, saying in the past, it had a lot of infrastructure but it was lacking.