WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released a survey showing that the percentage of Californians with Internet access and a home broadband connection grew last year despite tough economic times. While there is much good news in the report, it shows some disparity in broadband access, particularly in the Hispanic community, but the study does not address the increasing use of wireless technologies in minority communities.
The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chairman of the Mobile Future Coalition:
“While the report includes some good news for California, it does not account for the role that wireless technology is playing to bridge the digital divide and offer all Americans the economic and social opportunities that come with affordable Internet access. In fact, a Pew Research Center survey released late last year showed that Hispanics lead the U.S. in their use of mobile devices for data applications such as Internet access, followed closely by African Americans. For many consumers, mobile devices are the on-ramp to the Internet because wireless offers the flexibility to connect, when and where they choose.
“Wireless innovations are effectively breaking through demographic barriers, allowing unprecedented access to new, life changing information, services and products. With continuing investment and innovation in the wireless space, the potential is limitless.”
Jonathan Spalter, chairman of the Mobile Future Coalition (www.mobilefuture.org), is a resident of Berkeley and served as chief information officer at the United States Information Agency during the Clinton administration.
Additional information about Mobile Future can be found at www.mobilefuture.org
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Mobile Future is a broad-based coalition of businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals interested in, and dedicated to, advocating for an environment in which innovations in wireless technology and services are enabled and encouraged. Its mission is to educate the public and key decision makers on innovations in the wireless industry that have transformed the way Americans work and play, and to advocate continued investment in wireless technologies.