Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
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Nearly a third of Hispanic Internet non-users attribute their lack of use to affordability.
In terms of Internet non-users, 53 percent of Whites and 35 percent of Hispanics believe they do not need the Internet—implying that a higher percent of Hispanics understand the value of the Internet.
In 2009, Hispanic and Black households accounted for low adoption rates of 48 percent and 49 percent, respectively.
NHCSL Advocates Five Broadband Principles
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators works to promote four broadband principles: digital literacy must become an American value; public and private investment is central to full digital inclusion through full access and adoption; digital innovation is key to economic growth; the Hispanic community is central to America’s digital future; and broadband is an equalizer.
Telemedicine Bridges Hispanic Health Gaps
According to the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, telemedicine has the potential to bridge the gap in health care quality for Latinos by reducing health care costs and increasing access to health information in Spanish to reduce language obstacles that can impair care quality.
Hispanics Suffer Higher Death Rates from HIV/AIDS
The rate of death from HIV/AIDS for Hispanic men is 2.5 times more likely than that of white men and the rate for Latinas is triple that of white women. These numbers are a reflection of health disparities affected in part by a lack of health technology.
Sweeping Implications of Broadband Access for Hispanics
Broadband access has extensive implications for Hispanic Americans including closing the gap in health disparities, reducing the digital divide and gaining access to quality education and job opportunities.
Only 47 Percent of Hispanics Access Broadband at Home
According to a study by the FCC, only 47 percent of Hispanics access broadband at home.
Wireless Mobile Services Create Broadband Access for Hispanics
According to the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Spanish-speaking Hispanics are increasingly gaining access to broadband through mobile wireless services.
Adoption Rates Low Among Spanish-dominant Homes
While broadband adoption experiences increases among English-speaking Hispanics, adoption rates lag in Spanish-dominant homes, which is attributed to a lack of digital literacy, price barriers and a lack of perceived benefits of broadband adoption.