Connect to Compete Partners with HITN to Promote Digital Literacy and Broadband Adoption in the Latino Community and Puerto Rico

Mar 01, 2012, 11:39 ET from Connect to Compete

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Connect to Compete, a private and nonprofit sector partnership to promote broadband adoption and improve outcomes in disadvantaged communities, has announced a new partnership with Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. (HITN) to increase awareness for the program and leverage HITN's considerable resources for outreach, content, and development.


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. "HITN's leadership position in the Latino community and upcoming initiatives in the online educational arena will be extremely helpful to our efforts to make a positive impact, 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 it serves, and by promoting the importance of digital literacy on HITN's network, online and mobile platforms.

"Connect to Compete is a critical step in building a foundation of digital empowerment for lower income families on a national level and Puerto Rico," HITN President and CEO, Jose Luis Rodriguez, said. "We are honored and excited to contribute to the program's success."

About Connect to Compete (C2C)

Connect to Compete is a nonprofit organization created as a response to FCC Chairman Genachowski's call to help close the digital adoption gap; its mission is 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.

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.-owned, non-commercial, Spanish-language, media company delivering educational programming to more than 40 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 and Puerto Rico, 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.

SOURCE Connect to Compete