LULAC and Time Warner Cable Bring Broadband Access to Hispanic Communities Across the Country
December 19, 2012
Contact: Paloma Zuleta
pzuleta (at) LULAC.org
Contact: Curtis Coats
Washington, DC – LULAC and Time Warner Cable (TWC) will join efforts in order to provide Latino communities across the United States access to broadband. Through LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative, TWC will increase the number of technology centers that currently have computer equipment and free broadband access. The new computer equipment will be installed in LULAC community technology centers located in Lincoln, NE; Youngstown, OH; Laredo and El Paso, TX.
In addition to the computer equipment, TWC is also committing two years of additional of high-speed “Business Class” broadband service for fifteen LULAC technology centers. The labs include the above locations as well as Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, OH; Corpus Christi and Dallas, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. This effort is enhancing LULAC’s and TWC’s previous partnership, which established LULAC community technology centers in Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; San Antonio, TX; Kansas City, MO; and Waukesha, WI.
The Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative increases access to technology, which is not accessible to many low income Hispanic families. Through the partnership with Time Warner Cable, new computer equipment to four sites and free high speed business class broadband to fifteen sites will create digital opportunity for Hispanics nationwide. The technology centers are part of LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc. (LNESC) and partner non-profit organizations that serve low income Hispanic communities.
“The technology centers provide a variety of services to the community that include educational programming, computer technology training, and job placement,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “The centers play a key role with delivering resources to students in danger of dropping out of high school or not attending college. We know that the partnership with Time Warner Cable will provide critical access to broadband and technology to our community.”
Over 40 percent of Latino students drop out of high school and only 20 percent of Hispanic students leave high school prepared for college, compared to 40 percent of white students.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with LULAC on the extension of this important initiative to reach into the communities we serve and empower them with all that broadband has to offer,” said Fernando Laguarda, Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor at Time Warner Cable. “We are excited to see what can be done through an even stronger partnership with LULAC.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high‐speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.