The Biden Administration, Private Sector, and Advocacy Organizations Come Together Today to Support the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
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
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.