The NHMC Local Impact Awards Luncheon honors and recognizes media professionals, local talent and community leaders in Los Angeles – the second largest designated market area (DMA), and largest DMA by Latino population, in the country – for their achievements and contributions to the region’s Latino community.
This year, we will be honoring five outstanding leaders and professionals. (See image below)
D.C. Policy Shop Update
Washington, DC’s summer heat couldn’t stop NHMC‘s satellite office, who through sweat and humidity remained busy. Just in time for what promises to be an even busier fall, the DC office files Lifeline comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and welcomes a new addition to the team.
NHMC Calls for Significant Modernization of Lifeline in FCC Filings
At the end of August, NHMC filed substantive comments with the FCC offering input into how the FCC should modernize Lifeline. Lifeline is a federal benefit that offers low-income families a modest subsidy so that they are able to afford basic communications services. For years, NHMC has urged the FCC to allow Lifeline to support Internet access services, recognizing its potential to address the affordability barrier that keeps nearly half of Latinos from subscribing to broadband at home.
NHMC‘s comments included extensive research about the digital divide and its causes, as well as the struggles our communities face when they are unable to obtain access to broadband. NHMCalso proposed that the FCC adopt minimum standards for certain service plans offered under Lifeline to ensure that customers have sufficient voice minutes, speed and data allowances. NHMCalso rejected calls to place a cap or strict budget on the program that is currently utilized by only about a quarter to a third of eligible households, and it applauded the FCC’s use of its newly asserted legal authority under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
NHMC welcomes Andy Lomeli to its Washington, DC, family as its new policy associate. Lomeli startedworking on Aug. 31, just in time to contribute to the FCC Lifeline filing! Lomeli joins NHMC from theCalifornia Public Utilities Commission, where he helped oversee California LifeLine, a complimentary program to the federal effort.
On August 10, NHMC’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jessica J. Gonzalez gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Dominic Xavier Gonzalez Breland.
NHMC is very excited to welcome this new addition to the family and congratulates Gonzalez and her family about their new addition.
Joining a panel with three other national advocates, Nogales focused on if community media plays a meaningful role in emerging or current policy discussions on broadband, broadband adoption, digital literacy, media diversity, media literacy, economic and small business development.
The robust lineup had a passionate conversation about the future of broadband and its effect on our daily lives.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a 35-year-old non-profit organization that builds bridges, creates opportunities, resources, and connects Latinx talent with the entertainment industry.