A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
Today, I had the privilege of representing the National Hispanic Media Coalition
(NHMC) at the White House when President Biden and Vice President Harris announced
that the administration has secured 20 private sector commitments to digital equity from leading internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T to name a few. All Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) eligible households who apply for the program will have high-speed, high-quality internet access.
NHMC’s long-standing position is that access to the internet is a human right. We believe it’s essential to expand broadband, close the digital divide, and secure an equitable digital future for our communities.
Over a third of Hispanics
do not have access to the internet at home. That means one in three Hispanics cannot access online education, remote work, or the digital economy. Digital equity, including closing the Latino digital divide, is one of the greatest civil rights challenges of our time. NHMC is proud to support the ACP to help Latinos and marginalized communities get and stay online.
The White House is launching GetInternet.gov
to assist with identifying local providers and increase enrollment for the nearly 40%
of U.S. households that qualify for ACP. We encourage the public to apply and enroll in the ACP because everyone has the right to affordable high-speed internet.
Yours in the Movement,
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition