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Hispanic Heritage Month Policy Focus: Expanding Opportunity via Broadband Access

We believe all Americans should have access to affordable, high-speed broadband at school and at home.

Topics: Digital Divide

Access to high-speed Internet, or "broadband," can provide a real boost to one's education, job prospects, and even health -- but those benefits are not available to everyone. In fact, Latinos are least likely to have access to broadband when compared with other racial and ethnic groups and least likely to experience its positive benefits. For Hispanic Heritage Month, Common Sense Kids Action, the policy arm of Common Sense, spotlights our work to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, high-speed broadband at school and at home.

Though broadband is often taken for granted, nearly five million households with school-age children don't have high-speed Internet access. And Internet connectivity at schools isn't much better: Nearly a third of urban schools and about half of rural schools lack basic broadband.  Taken together, this low rate of broadband penetration makes it harder for students and parents to communicate with teachers and for students to complete schoolwork.   

Common Sense Kids Action thinks it's too important to let this situation go on any longer. So we're working hard to get everyone connected. 

  • Expanding Lifeline to include broadband: Lifeline provides low-income Americans with affordable phone service. The government is considering expanding Lifeline to include broadband Internet. We support this move and are committed to getting it done.
  • Modernizing E-rate: Also run by the FCC, E-rate connects schools and libraries with Internet access. We are actively engaged with state leaders to take advantage of E-rate funds. 

In addition to our policy work, Common Sense is working closely with Univision to raise awareness of the importance of Internet access in the Latino community. Head to the Avanzamos Conectados home page to learn more about informing Latino students about broadband technology and connecting them to it.

To make kids and education our nation's top priority, join our movement today. 

Susannah Savage