HITN Joins Connect to Compete to Promote Digital Literacy and Broadband Adoption in the Latino Community

February 14, 2012; New York, NY — Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. (HITN) today announced a new partnership with Connect to Compete (C2C), a private and nonprofit sector partnership to promote broadband adoption and improve digital literacy in disadvantaged communities.

“Connect to Compete is a critical step in building a foundation of digital empowerment for lower income families on a national level,” HITN President and CEO, Jose Luis Rodriguez, said. “We are honored and excited to contribute to the program’s success. Our long history of serving the Latino community provides us with a unique understanding of the best practices for reaching and engaging the C2C target audience, and the program meshes perfectly with HITN’s mission to educate and entertain.”

Connect to Compete (C2C) is led by One Economy, a global non-profit with an 11-year history of connecting low-income individuals to broadband and digital literacy training. The ultimate goal of C2C is to use broadband to increase employment and improve education. 

“We are extremely pleased to have HITN on board to assist in deploying C2C program initiatives,” said David Saunier, One Economy President. “By fusing HITN’s knowledge of the Latino community and One Economy’s experience with digital education, we hope to make a positive impact by connecting this audience to the digital resources they need to be successful.”

HITN will further C2C initiatives by spreading awareness of current offerings in the communities they serve, and by promoting the importance of digital literacy on their network, online and mobile platforms.

Connect to Compete currently has over 40 private-sector and non-profit partners to help increase digital literacy and broadband adoption across the U.S. The initiative was announced by the FCC in November, 2011.

About Connect to Compete (C2C)

Connect to Compete is a nonprofit organization created to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy training in disadvantaged communities throughout the United States. With over 40 non-profit and private sector partners, this public-private partnership addresses the barriers to broadband adoption, digital literacy and the employment skills gap by seeking to overcome key obstacles to broadband adoption, including relevance and cost. The overall purpose of C2C is to increase employment and education by breaking down the barriers to access and digital literacy. Learn more at connect2compete.org

About The Hispanic Information and Telecommunication Network (HITN, Inc)

HITN, Inc. (The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network) was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization. HITN's mission is to advance Hispanics by providing engaging, educational entertainment that empowers the community. HITN-TV is the first U.S. Latino-controlled, non-commercial, Spanish-language, media company delivering educational programming to more than 36 million homes nationwide on Satellite and Cable focusing on Health, Financial Literacy, and Education. HITN is also the largest holder of Educational Broadband Spectrum (EBS) in the US, supporting the next generation of wireless broadband networks and creating new opportunities to deliver educational content and connect communities.

About One Economy

One Economy is a global non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of using innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people. More than 17 million people have used One Economy's online tools and resources to build better lives. To date, One Economy has launched on-the-ground programs in 42 U.S. states, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Learn more at www.one-economy.com.

Contacts:

Drew Kristofik, Director of Communications, HITN
646-731-3762;dkristofik@hitn.org

Jen Schell, One Economy
202-585-2612;jschell@golinharris.com

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