Rep. Marumoto Addresses HB 2874 Broadband; Cable Television Systems

Creates the broadband special fund to support funding public school broadband and laptop initiatives. Freezes appropriations of moneys derived from cable fees at the lesser of the 2011 appropriation or the amount that a recipient would otherwise receive in the current year. Requires excess moneys to be deposited into the broadband special fund. Effective July 1, 2012, and repealed June 30, 2017. During the hearing, many (though not all) of the individual testifiers held the view that limiting funding to Olelo was a sign of theft, totalitarianism, and/or of First Amendment violations. PBS Hawaii stated that HB 2874 is likely to have in limiting educational services at PBS Hawaii, including this effective digital media program which reaches deeply into schools across the state.


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