The Hispanic Institute has collaborated with black, Native
American and Asian-American elected officials on a report explaining broadband's
key role in fomenting opportunity for the nation's communities of color.
The Washington, D.C.-based group and its partners are also
urging lawmakers at all levels of government to expand high-speed Internet
access for all Americans.
The report, Towards
Access, Adoption & Inclusion: A Call for Digital Equality and Broadband Opportunity
includes data from institutions such as the Pew
and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute that suggests a digital divide within the
Latino community that falls along linguistic lines.
For example: while English-dominant Latinos subscribe to
broadband services at a higher rate than non-Hispanic whites (68% of those
surveyed having broadband services at home), Spanish-dominant Latinos lag well
behind, with only 32% using the Internet in any form in 2006, compared to 78% of
English-dominant Latinos and 76% of bilingual speakers.
Also in 2006, data from Pew showed that just 41% of all
Hispanics had broadband access at home.Click here for more