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Experts From The Greenlining Institute Available For Interviews

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator,

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday’s planned release of the National Broadband Plan by the Federal Communications Commission offers an historic opportunity to reduce digital inequality and help level the economic and social playing field for Americans of all races and income levels. Experts from The Greenlining Institute will be available to comment on the report once it is released.

In its September 2009 report, “Digital Inequality” , Greenlining noted that if present trends continue, “we risk subjecting our most vulnerable populations to a dangerous combination of economic and informational poverty.” Nationally, whites are significantly more likely to have home broadband access than African-Americans or Hispanics, according to the Pew Research Center, while those with annual incomes of less than $30,000 were half as likely to have broadband access as those making $75,000 or more. In tech-savvy California, the inequalities are particularly striking, with only one third of Latinos having a broadband connection at home.

“The Internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a vital service that is increasingly as essential as utilities such as gas or electricity, because of its importance in everyday life,” said Greenlining Institute Managing Attorney Samuel S. Kang.  “Therefore, it is not acceptable that broadband access is divided between the haves and the have nots.”

To arrange interviews with Greenlining’s experts, contact Media Relations Coordinator Bruce Mirken at 510-898-2053.