Leveraging Mobile Broadband for Hispanic Communities

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Hispanics are closing the digital divide.  The Hispanic community is outpacing the general population.  What are the benefits of mobile access for Hispanics? The mobile internet is a great tool for Hispanics where they can look for jobs,  civic, health, social and entertainment.   The importance of mobile Internet connectivity to Hispanics “cannot be overstated in the context of civic engagement” – particularly as it relates to immigration, education, and voter registration and mobilization.

Text messaging programs that provide young, at-risk women with information that can help them in their pregnancies could make all of the difference.   These programs intend to ensure that these women and their babies get the right amount of pre-natal care.

Unfortunately, public policy threatens to stall the reliance on mobile internet and connectivity.  The wireless industry currently has only about 16 percent of the spectrum that is suitable for mobile broadband – a problem that Washington needs to address aggressively.

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