April 20, 2009

Help Hispanics and the Underserved Join the Digital Age: A Call to NTIA

Washington, DC - The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), along with 17 leading non-profit groups, sent a letter to the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) expressing several key priorities to the Obama administration on how to best spend stimulus funds to increase adoption of broadband service among Hispanic and other underserved populations.

Congress authorized NTIA to spend $4.5 billion to urge more Americans to join the Digital Age. The letter calls on NTIA to support grant applicants who can increase access to computer hardware, establish or support technology centers in local churches, and work with community leaders to create applications that are relevant to first-time users in low-income areas, among other initiatives.

We expect to hear from NTIA in about a month or so with specific rules on how to apply. Stay tuned for updates at www.conlamic.net.

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