In this issue:
- Call to Action: Call KTLA to Drop John and Ken
- Trends in Latino Mobile Phone Usage
- NHMC on the News
- Comcast Adds Two Latino-Owned Networks
- Featured Article
Call to Action: Call KTLA to Drop John and Ken
John and Ken are back on KFI but haven’t reappeared on KTLA.
Tell Don Corsini, KTLA GM and President, to keep them off the air: 323-460-5447. CALL NOW!
Trends in Latino Mobile Phone Usage
NHMC released a new report entitled "Trends in Latino Mobile Phone Usage: And What They Mean for U.S. Telecommunications Policy." The first-of-its-kind report offers the most comprehensive compilation of up-to-date data on how the Latino community is using mobile phones.
The report highlights three major tendencies: Latinos are less likely to adopt broadband at home than other ethnic groups; are three times more likely than the general population to rely on mobile phones as their only means of Internet access; and are footing larger mobile phone bills than any other demographic group.
Based on the landscape of data compiled in the report, NHMC makes a number of policy recommendations to enable the Latino community to thrive as it embraces mobile technology, including:
- Reforming the Universal Service Fund.
- Preserving competition in the wireless industry.
- Preserving the open Internet over fixed and mobile services.
- Protecting consumers from predatory business practices.
NHMC on the News
Comcast Adds Two Latino-Owned Networks
NHMC appreciates Comcast’s announcement that it will broadly distribute four new independently-owned networks, owned by people of color over its cable systems. Two of those networks will be majority-American-Latino owned and operated and programmed in English, and the other two will be majority-African-American-owned. The Latino networks to launch in the next two years will be El Rey Network and BabyFirst Americas.
The two American-Latino-owned networks come as the result of intense negotiations among Comcast, NHMC and NHMC’s partner Latino organizations. Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed between those groups back in June of 2010, Comcast will broadly distribute these two Latino networks and an additional two American-Latino-operated networks through its cable systems within the next five years. Last year, Comcast expanded the distribution of nine existing Latino networks to 17 million homes, fulfilling another of its obligations under the MOU.
"It’s an honor for NHMC to come together with our friends and supporters to commemorate the work of such brilliant artists who are so instrumental in the promotion of positive Latino images in the media. NHMC is proud to recognize their outstanding contributions to the community," states Alex Nogales, NHMC President and CEO.
This year’s NHMC Impact Awards honored onscreen talents Cesar Millan, Benjamin Bratt,Michelle Rodriguez,Efren Ramirez, andAubrey Plaza; directorChris Weitz; and music artist Jaime TabooGomez.
Comedic actor Rob Schneider and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols – who currently play Rob and Maggie on CBS’s ¡Rob! – were the Masters of Ceremony. Oscar nominated actor Demian Bichir made a surprise appearance to hand the Impact Award to friend Chris Weitz who was honored for directing A Better Life.
The 15th Annual Impact Awards Gala was sponsored by Disney, Univision, Google, CBS, Bright House Networks, NuvoTV, and NBC Universal among others.
See more photos on NHMC’s Facebook page