Internet Infrastructure in Native Communities: Equal Access to E-Commerce, Jobs and the Global Marketplace, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, October 6, 2011   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of Daniel K. Akaka: "I call this hearing of the Committee on Indian Affairs to order. Aloha and thank you all for being with us at this hearing today, which is on Internet Infrastructure in Native Communities: Equal Access to E-Commerce, Jobs and the Global Marketplace. I am very pleased to chair this hearing, because investing in telecommunications infrastructure is the best way we can help remote Native communities participate in the global marketplace while maintaining the unique character and culture of their homelands. In Hawaii, we live in the most remote location on Earth, alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We rely on telecommunications infrastructure to keep us connected to the rest of the world and to help keep our economy running. Within our State, we have Hawaiian Home Lands, similar to Indian reservations or Alaska Native communities. These communities, like many Native communities, had little access to critical health, educational and economic development opportunities available in more urban locations where Internet and related telecommunications infrastructure are readily available. With an investment by FCC [Federal Communications Commission] the majority of the Hawaiian Home Lands communities are now connected with fiber optic cable, the infrastructure necessary to deliver equitable access to Internet and the global marketplace today and for years to come." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Akaka, Al Franken, Lisa Murkowski, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Geoffrey Blackwell, Robin Puanani Danner, Margo Gray-Proctor, Howard Hays, Carl Marrs, Lance G. Morgan, Michael J. Pollock, Robert Odawi Porter, Darrell Gerlaugh, Margie Mejia, Shirley Sneve, and Joseph Valandra.

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S. Hrg. 112-423; Senate Hearing 112-423
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