Part III: A new broadband agenda

FierceTelecom: What is HTTP's stance on net neutrality? How do you think new regulations might impact communities of color?

Jason LlorenzLlorenz: Unfortunately, the net neutrality debate has kept our national focus on this argument about an abstract concept versus the things that really matter to the community, which is digital literacy, training, making connections available to unconnected people, and getting more people to adopt broadband. None of those are served by net neutrality as it has been promoted now. As we look at the regulations now, we support the main elements of the open Internet so all legal content remains available just as it does today. We also want to make sure policy incentivizes investment and the growth in novel business models that are needed to connect everyone continue to flow.

FierceTelecom: In your opinion, what should the Federal Communications Commission focus on or what actions could it take that would most benefit the Latino community?

Llorenz: We need a very clear agenda for implementing the national broadband plan, which has fantastic recommendations for getting all communities connected. That's a fantastic place to start. Putting those recommendations would one focus our national attention on truly getting everyone connected and getting more communities to adopt. Second, I think there is some specific attention to be paid on the Latino community. When you look at the broadband adoption rates of the Latino community, it should be alarming. I would encourage a call to action to make sure that our policies and everyone is involved are being called to the table to address this so we're not raising a new generation of people who are on the wrong side of the digital divide. Putting those issues first would do a whole lot more than continuing to fight over net neutrality rules.

FierceTelecom: If you could choose just one thing, one big accomplishment, involving broadband technology in the next five years, what would that be?

Jason LlorenzLlorenz: If I were to choose one thing, I would say in five years that we should set a national policy for connecting a percentage of school children to the Internet by eliminating paper books by making eBooks available in a certain amount of schools. I think that's one thing we could do if we could focus. If were to set a goal that at the end of five years, a certain percentage of kids would move away from paper books and onto an eBook or some kind of a digital tool that would lower the cost to get them connected to better quality digital materials and integrate the building of digital skills we would do so much to impact the divide in digital literacy and adoption in this country. That's kind of a dream goal of mine.  

Part III: A new broadband agenda