Hawaiian Tel's contractor has placed the fiber optics on the HELCO poles from Hale Pohaku down to the Saddle Road. Next is the run from Humuula to the Saddle Road, and then the run across the Saddle, linking Hilo and Waimea. Fiber placement is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.
Installation of the underground ducts from the substation at HP to the Mid-Level Facility will be done in September.
Gomban also mentioned that ISDN is expected to be available in Hilo and Waimea by 2nd quarter 97.