Center for Rural Strategies Rural Latin@s and Broadband Edyael Casaperalta
Rural Latinos Latino population growth since 2000 has offset non-Latino population loss in many nonmetro counties. Rural Latinos Source: U.S. Census Bureau, PEW Hispanic Center, Economic Research Service Rural: 52 million Latino: 35.3 million or 12.5%
South Dakota Lincoln County Shannon County
Internet Use Amongst Latinos 68% English-speaking Latinos have broadband at home.
Broadband in Rural 46% of rural residents have broadband at home.
Challenges to Broadband Adoption
53% off-line Latinos simply do not have access.
30% of rural broadband users have one subscriber available.
39% of Latinos with income less than $30,000 go online.
6% off-line Latinos say it is too expensive.
18% off-line Latinos are not interested.
10% off-line Latinos think it is too difficult/frustrating.
Source: Latinos Online , Pew Hispanic Center/Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2007
Individuals who have not graduated from high school are much less likely to use internet regardless of racial/ethnic background.
Rural Latin@ Issues
Content that is community-based
Content that is culturally relevant
Content that is in our own language
Content that combats hate speech
Broadband is a tool
The Rural Broadband Policy Group
To articulate national broadband policies that provide opportunities for
rural communities to participate fully in the nation's democracy, economy, culture, and society, and
To spark and kindle national collaboration among rural broadband advocates.
Rural Broadband Principles 1. Communication is a fundamental human right. 2. Rural America is diverse. 3. Local ownership and investment in community is the priority. 4. Network neutrality and open access are vital.