The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, releases a report entitled “Trends in Latino Mobile Phone Usage: And What They Mean for U.S. Telecommunications Policy.” The report offers the most comprehensive compilation of up-to-date data on how the Latino community is using mobile phones. After comparing and contrasting findings from different sources, NHMC recommends a variety of policies to guarantee connectivity, affordability, and usability of mobile phones for all consumers.
The first-of-its-kind report offers a comprehensive analysis of emerging trends in the way the Latino community uses cell phones. The compilation of the data indicates three major tendencies: Latinos are less likely to adopt broadband at home than other ethnic groups; are three times more likely than the general population to rely on mobile phones as their only means of Internet access; and are footing a larger mobile phone bills than any other demographic group.
“This report is an invaluable resource for anybody seeking to explore the impact that telecommunications policy can have on the Latino community. While the data represents a snapshot in time, the trends are unmistakable. Egalitarian mobile policy is becoming increasingly important to safeguarding the communications experience of large portions of our nation,” states Jessica González, NHMC’s Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs.
Public Policy Recommendations
Based on the landscape of data compiled in the report, NHMC makes a number of policy recommendations to enable the Latino community to thrive as it embraces mobile technology, including:
* Reforming the Universal Service Fund
* Preserving competition in the wireless industry
* Preserving the open Internet over fixed and mobile services
* Protecting consumers from predatory business practices.