Friday, December 14, 2018
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
FCC, DHHL Ask: Exclusive License to Criminal Al Hee Company Illegal?
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 2766 Views :: DHHL, Ethics


WC Docket No. 10-90; CC Docket No. 96-45 Comment Date: February 20, 2017 Reply Comment Date: February 27, 2017

Public Notice from Federal Communications Commission, February 6, 2017

UPDATE February 14, 2017: Comment Deadline March 31, 2017

By this Public Notice, we request comment on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ (DHHL) request for guidance regarding Sandwich Isles, Inc.’s (Sandwich Isles) exclusive license and whether it conflicts with Section 253(a) of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 253(a).

On Feb. 3, 2017, DHHL filed a letter with the Commission requesting guidance on whether terms of the exclusive license it provided “in perpetuity” to Waimana Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Sandwich Isles, and a subsequent, partial assignment of that license directly to Sandwich Isles, to provide telecommunications services to the Hawaiian home lands conflicts with Section 253(a). 1 Section 253(a) states that, “[n]o State or local statute or regulation, or other State or local legal requirement, may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service.”2

In the Sandwich Isles Improper Payments Order, the Commission concluded that Sandwich Isles improperly received payments of over $27,270,390 from the federal high-cost support mechanisms for repeated violations of the Commission’s rules.3

In light of these findings, the Commission directed the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) to seek comment on whether the Commission should terminate a previously granted study area boundary waiver providing Sandwich Isles status as an incumbent local exchange company for purposes of receiving high-cost support, which would make it ineligible to receive such support.4

In response to the Bureau’s Public Notice, the DHHL filed its letter requesting that any wrong doing on the part of Sandwich Isles not diminish the availability of universal service high-cost support to the Hawaiian home lands. 5 As part of DHHL’s comments regarding the availability of federal universal service support to the Hawaiian home lands, it requested guidance on whether the terms of the exclusive license it provided to Sandwich Isles conflicts with Section 253(a) of the Communications Act.

Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), or by filing paper copies.  Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS:

read … Entire Notice

2005: Sandwich Isles Communications: Political Connections Pay Off

DHHL to FCC: Feb 2, 2017

DHHL to FCC: March 16, 2017

SA: FCC is asked whether telecom deal with company is legal 


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii


Affordable Hawaii Coalition


Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Senate Informer

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

Hunting, Farming and Fishing Assoc.

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

OHA Lies

Ohana Policy Group

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Copenull

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

TEA Party Maui

TFB Micronesia

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii