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Central Florida LCLAA Chapter Officers
Victor Sanchez (President)
304 Appaloosa Court Sanford FL 32773
(407) 924-1802
vjsanchez74@gmail.com


David Fernandez (Vice-President)
9973 Timber Oaks Court Orlando, Florida 32817
(407) 494-1572
davidafernandez@live.com


Mayra Uribe (Treasurer)
5319 Lake Jessamine Drive Orlando FL 32839
(407) 721-3433
mayrau2000@aol.com


Denise Diaz (Recorded Secretary)
231 East Colonial Drive Orlando FL 32801
(407) 451-2472
deediaz19@aol.com

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    Archive for August, 2011
    Access Means Future Opportunities and Prosperity for All

    Access
    Means Future Opportunities and Prosperity for All

     

    America’s Latino
    community is optimistic about the future, but we still face challenges. During
    the recession, the unemployment rate spiked above 13 percent and still remains
    above the national average.

    What’s interesting is that if we
    solve another challenge – access to cutting-edge Internet broadband technology – we would
    also be creating the atmosphere to address the need to strengthen the economy and create jobs.

     

    Universal access to
    high-speed broadband—the key infrastructure of the 21s` century—is
    the critical to our
    nation’s future. Once ultra-fast Internet service is made available over
    wireless networks, the
    resulting possibilities, resources, and opportunities are limitless for the
    Hispanic community.

    Broadband access
    does so much more than allowing users to communicate with friends and loved ones. We can participate more fully in community
    affairs, realize more economic possibilities, explore education anywhere in the world, reach
    professional goals through online job training,
    reduce our impact on the environment by telecommuting and participate in online
    professional and social networking.

    However, in order
    for all Americans to enjoy these many possibilities and benefits, broadband
    must be made more widely available.

     

    Currently, there are
    far too many areas that are underserved,
    including many Hispanic communities. According to data from the National
    Telecommunications and Information Administration, only about 45 percent of
    Hispanics currently subscribe to broadband, in part because it isn’t
    available in every location, but also because our
    community tends to be stronger wireless users. Cell phone ownership is higher among Hispanics than whites, and cell phones tend to be the primary
    vehicle Latinos use to access
    the Internet.

     

    The recently announced AT&T and T-Mobile merger will
    help. This merger would combine two similar networks and bring the next generation of high-speed wireless
    broadband-4G LTE—to an additional 55 million people, covering nearly every American,
    including minority communities. This merger will drive faster expansion of enhanced,
    lightning-fast mobile broadband
    networks to underserved communities like ours.

     

    As a result, connectivity for Hispanics and other
    communities of color will improve. It means more than access to broadband; it also means access to
    the most advanced wireless broadband. And
    while broadband isn’t going to immediately bridge the digital divide that
    separates many communities, it might do more
    to close that divide than any other solution on the horizon. Without
    this improvement, millions of Americans will have limited access to the
    economic opportunities, social benefits, and
    improved quality of life that are closely aligned with access to this
    technology.

     

    By merging with
    T-Mobile, AT&T will expand and enhance the existing infrastructure to create faster, more reliable data
    speeds and voice quality. This $8 billion investment will require the creation
    of quality jobs with AT&T, here in Florida and across the country to build
    the network infrastructure needed to reach more than 97 percent of the country.
    As the only union wireless company,
    AT&T also has a proud, strong record of diversity in hiring and procurement, and 20,000 of T-mobile’s employees
    will have the opportunity to organize if they choose to do so.

     

    The digital divide is an opportunity divide. We should be
    doing everything we can to erase it and improve the economic potential for countless Americans.
    The merger does that and deserves not only the support of the Federal Communications Commission, but also
    of every American interested in
    ensuring opportunity – like the Internet – reaches everyone.

     

    In
    Solidarity,

    Victor
    Sanchez and the Members of the Central Florida LCLAA