Hawaiian Telcom's getting more than $18 million over the next ten-years for high speed internet in rural parts of the state.

FCC the Federal Communications Commission wants to expand services to areas like Hawaiian Acres on the Big Island, Hana, Maui, Hanapepe, Kaua'i, and Kahuku here on O'ahu.

Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz serves on the Senate subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, he says the money will help residents get access to health care, do their homework, and make a living.

Hawaiian Telcom released the following statement:

"We are proud to be the only local provider actively expanding broadband to underserved rural areas here in Hawai'i. As the use of connected devices continues to grow, it's important for more of our local residents and businesses to have access to higher speeds."