Hawaiʻi BEAD Challenge Process

Page Last Updated: March 19, 2024

The University of Hawaiʻi will be hosting the State of Hawaiʻi’s Challenge Process as part of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. More information will be released in the coming weeks.

What is the Challenge Process?

The Challenge Process is an opportunity for Hawaiʻi to create as complete of a picture of Internet access across the State. Participants will submit evidence through a map-based web portal to identify locations without a high-speed internet connection. Information from the Challenge Process will be used to deploy infrastructure to locations in the State without access to high-speed internet.

Who can participate in the Challenge Process?

  • Nonprofits, including IRS nonprofit organizations and Native Hawaiian Homestead & Beneficiary Associations registered with the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Units of local government
  • Internet service providers

When is the Challenge Process?

Hawaiʻi’s Challenge Process will tentatively begin in May 2024.

How can I prepare for the Challenge Process?

The University of Hawaiʻi is developing a training schedule for eligible participants in the next few months and will provide more details soon. In the meantime, please review Hawaiʻi’s Initial Proposal Volume 1.

A webinar on the upcoming Challenge Process was held on Monday, February 12, 2024. The webinar recording and slides can be found here.

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Challenge Process One-Pager Flyer

Challenge Process Invitation Flyer

Challenge Types & Evidence Requirements


I have junk internet, will this Challenge Process help me get better Internet?

If you can only subscribe to the Internet through satellite or digital subscriber line (DSL), then yes! Otherwise, contact broadband@hawaii.edu to help troubleshoot your Internet situation.

I am a nonprofit, a unit of local government, or an ISP interested in participating in the Challenge Process; how do I get involved?

Mahalo for your interest! Please email broadband@hawaii.edu, and we will connect you to the right people to get involved.

I am a member of the public; how can I get involved?

Mahalo for your interest! Members of the public cannot directly submit challenges during the Challenge Process and will need to work with an eligible participant to submit a challenge on their behalf. Contact broadband@hawaii.edu to learn more.

What is the difference between this Challenge Process and what the FCC is doing?

The FCC Broadband Data Collection is an ongoing initiative by the FCC to create the most accurate map of Internet access in the nation. Individuals can submit “challenges” or corrections to the FCC’s National Broadband Map on items like missing Internet locations, address information, or Internet service provider information. The FCC uses this data for various purposes. The Hawaiʻi Challenge Process is a 90-day period focused on identifying Community Anchor Institutions and locations without high-speed Internet infrastructure to build out Internet infrastructure to these locations eventually.