Council supports broadband plan: Unanimous vote comes despite inclusion of 5G

  • Heather Kimball

  • Ashley Kierkiewicz

  • Households without internet. (State Office of Planning from 2014-2018 census data)

  • Tiare Palakiki-Ganigan, front, and Valery Litton begin class on their laptops at Connections Public Charter School in Hilo. Resolution 43, sponsored by Hamakua Councilwoman Heather Kimball and Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz, requests that the county adopt the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s broadband strategic plan and create an implementation plan that advances public and private initiatives to ensure equitable access to internet services. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

A resolution passed unanimously Wednesday by the County Council refers to 5G technology as an option in bridging the digital divide, but council members, most of whom had previously approved two resolutions attempting to limit 5G on the island, don’t see it as a conflict.