LATISM is proud to team up with Univision Contigo and raise awareness about the importance of broadband access especially in the homes of Latino families.
Broadband adoption plays a critical role in the homes of Latino families with school-aged children. In a world dominated by science and technology, there is no question that the Internet has transformed our world.
Connection to broadband internet allows students to access digital learning opportunities, conduct online research, interact with teachers, and collaborate in ways unimaginable.
This access has become increasingly necessary to complete basic schoolwork. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 7 in 10 teachers assign homework today that requires Internet access. Yet, a disproportionate number of Hispanics and African American students lack access to broadband at home.
This means that we have too many students that go unplugged after the school bell rings.
For these students, broadband access at home can be the difference between keeping up in class and lagging behind–a situation which can potentially widen the achievement gap.
As our nation shifts into a new, non industrial, and digital economy, students need to be equipped with 21st century skills. The lack of broadband access at home basically denies hard working students the opportunity to expand their learning after the school bell rings.
In today’s 21st Century economy, broadband access should be accessible to every student, much like other universally available utilities.
By: Wendy Rivera (@WendyRivera_Esq)
Wendy is the Executive Director for LATISM. LATISM is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic, and economic status of the Latino community. Prior to assuming her role with LATISM, Wendy served as Staff Counsel and National Director of Hispanic Affairs for Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), a national civil rights organization recognized as the leading advocate for civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries. Prior to joining MMTC, Wendy worked as an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Hill & Ponton, P.A., where she practiced Administrative Law and served as Assistant General Counsel for a National Regulatory Firm.