Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network Inc. (HITN), the first public television network for Hispanics, has formed a private/nonprofit sector partnership with Connect to Compete (C2C) to promote broadband adoption and improve digital literacy in disadvantaged communities.
C2C, formed in November 2011 under the auspices of the Federal Communications Commission, is housed at One Economy, a global nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. C2C's goal is to help people use broadband to increase employment and improve education.
HITN was established in 1983 as a nonprofit organization to provide engaging, educational entertainment that empowers the community. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., it reaches 40 million households in the U.S. Its president and CEO is Jose Luis Rodriguez.
C2C's more than 40 private-sector and nonprofit partners include Best Buy Services, U.S. Education at Microsoft, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Discovery Communications. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski heads the C2C initiative.
CEO David Saunier helped found One Economy as a nonprofit in 2000. Among its many partners are Comcast, Google, the National Council of La Raza, AT&T and Microsoft.
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