BY: JASON A. LLORENZ, ESQ.
This week, I will be leading a panel in Chicago for LATISM – an online community of Latinos in Social Media, as a part of their annual conference. LATISM is made up of thousands of Latino social media participants — bloggers, tweeters, and online conversants who use social media to build community online under the hashtag, #LATISM. The talk will explore the Latino digital divide – an opportunity to engage a group of the community’s digital elite in HTTP’s work of evangelizing digital literacy and supporting policies focused on closing the digital divide.
BY: ENRIQUE CORTEZ
July 27, 2011
On July 26th, HTTP helped to convene a high-level group of leaders,moderated by HTTP ED, Jason Llorenz, for a panel discussion on the Internet’s impact on jobs and the Hispanic community during the National Council of La Raza’s 2011 Conference in Washington, DC. The NCLR Annual Conference represents the largest and most important gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community.
By: Jason Llorenz, Executive Director
July 13, 2011
On July 11 and 12, the White House hosted a comprehensive two-day conference on issues of concern to the Hispanic community — including the importance of broadband expansion. The White House Hispanic Policy Conference brought community leaders from across the country together with a broad range of White House and Cabinet officials for an in-depth series of substantive conversations on the Administration’s efforts in the Hispanic community.
By: Jason Llorenz, Esq.
June 23, 2011
Over the past weeks and months, the debate has raged over the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, with supporters and detractors pushing their positions. In the mix has been a great many voices — including advocates and organizations claiming to represent the interest of different groups. Below are four reasons why Latino community leaders support the transaction.
I. Latino Leaders Support this Transaction Because It Stands to Benefit the Community
By Enrique Cortez
June 3, 2011
A spate of recent studies examining the societal impact of technological innovations provides a revealing look at how the Hispanic community is accessing the Internet. The data, while uncovering the intriguing trend of Hispanics’ growing adoption rate of broadband and wireless technology-driven applications, raises the question of what this zealous embrace of online apps and mobile services by the Hispanic community means to the Digital Divide.
Tuesday’s State of the Union address, and the policies it outlined were encouraging for many reasons — , most especially those that reaffirm a commitment to ensuring the dreams of all our communities are given the chance to be fulfilled.
While the President touched on a number of important goals for America, lets like to take a moment to highlight his comments to technology and innovation. , HTTP members have long held that, while technological advancements are important in their own right, achieving key milestones in broadband adoption, wireless connectivity and technological innovation are imperative to facilitating progress toward our nation’s larger economic and social policy goals.
Washington, D.C., December 1, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski just released the agenda for their upcoming December 21st meeting at a press conference held at the FCC. In regards to net neutrality, the FCC will consider “an order adopting basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression.”
The following can be attributed to Jason Llorenz, Esq., executive Director of the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP):
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s remarks last week regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) continued pursuit of net neutrality regulations ignores the progress made in finding a legislative solution.
First and foremost the legislative compromise sponsored by Chairman Waxman was explicitly endorsed by the FCC. To reverse course and repudiate that endorsement would relegate this meaningful compromise to the scrap heap, forcing all the parties involved to start over and expend more time and energy on a debate that has stolen the oxygen from the real issues facing communities in tackling the digital divide.
The 2010 mid-term elections were notable for so many reasons – most especially because of the key role the Latino electorate played in races across the country, and across party lines. Some of the most notable races were won because of the Latino Vote. In Florida, where Latinos have always been the key electoral factor, Marco Rubio was elected to the Senate and David Rivera will ascend to the House. In Nevada, Senator Harry Reid notably defended his seat and returns to the Senate thanks in major part to the Latino vote. We saw once again the power and importance of the Latino vote in races across the country.
Washington, D.C., October 1, 2010 — The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), makes the following statement:
We are disappointed that House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, Henry Waxman’s proposed legislation has fallen to the wayside. We believe that the Congressman’s proposal struck a compromise that ensured an open Internet and encouraged continued broadband innovation and investment needed to reach universal Internet adoption and access across America.