Friday, December 14, 2018

Puerto Rico braces itself as hurricane season approaches

Signs of a slow-moving recovery are apparent in Puerto Rico six months after the territory was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes and two months before the next hurricane season begins. “As the next hurricane season quickly approaches, appropriating funds to a rapid deployment, energy independent private sector disaster recovery and business continuity communications network should be […]

Latino Groups Push Open Internet

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) wants answers from the presidential candidates on their plans to solve issues of technology and media that effect Latinos. Candidates are being asked to respond to policy items in the 2016 Hispanic Public Policy Agenda. Goals include closing the digital divide, modernizing Federal Communications Commission programs and expanding the […]

Cuba Open For Business To US Telecom Carriers

In a sign of further steps towards the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) removed the communist nation from its “Exclusion List,’ a global regulatory structure for telecommunications, making it possible for US telecom companies to establish a physical presence in the country and to increase business […]

Guest Blogger: Rosa Mendoza “Set-top Box Rules May Hinder Minority Programmers”

Earlier this week, all five FCC commissioners appeared at a hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, giving Congress an opportunity to examine whether the FCC’s recent actions best serve the American people. The hearing highlighted the need for the FCC to move away from burdensome regulations and return […]

FCC On Course To Expand Broadband Subsidies To Low-Income Americans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last Thursday voted to advance a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on the expansion of the Lifeline program that would provide subsidies to low-income Americans and enable them to gain access to affordable broadband internet. In a move aimed squarely at helping low-income American households better participate in the […]

What is Net Neutrality? It’s a Big Deal for Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Not a lot of attention has been given to the issue of Net Neutrality in Latino news circles. But it’s an important issue that took a decisive turn last week and it could affect Latinos and their increasing use of the internet. Here’s the short take: The FCC had a set of rules […]

Guest Blogger: Ron Blackburn-Moreno “ConnectED: Advanced Connectivity to Expand Young People’s Universes”

President Obama recently signaled his belief that government has a continuing role in making America a better place for every citizen. Just as other leaders have seen a brighter future and moved to make it happen, the president said he wants to bring “next generation broadband and high-speed wireless” to every school and library in […]

Guest Blogger: Gus West “Internet Doesn’t Need More Rules”

The Obama administration will soon be looking for a new top telecommunications cop. Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski recently announced that he’d soon be leaving his post. Some are calling for the next FCC chair to aggressively police the Internet and exert a tighter regulatory hold over the firms that have built its backbone. […]

FCC Data Reveals Low Number of Latino Media Ownership

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report last week which shows that Latino-owned media outlets are low in numbers, with Latinos owning only 2.9% of full power commercial television stations. “I commend the FCC for releasing this data, but it is a day late and a dollar short. The data alone does not account […]

Guest Blogger Series: Kristian Ramos “Siri Says: A Wireless Traffic Jam Is Just Ahead”

Little known fact, in 2011 Hispanic auto buyers accounted for roughly 24% of the growth in new-vehicle sales. An even less known fact Hispanic’s are leading the smart phone revolution, Sixty percent of Hispanic households own at least one Internet enabled smart phone compared with 43 percent of general households.  In a case of synergistic […]