FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski joined representatives from Connect2Compete (C2C), Redemtech, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) to announce the launch of a nationwide computer recycling and donation effort to support C2C’s efforts to close the digital divide.

Nearly 60% of low-income households do not have a desktop or laptop computer and 36% of Americans without broadband cite the cost of a computer as a major barrier to adoption. Among Latinos, about 50% have a broadband connection, compared with nearly 70% of the general population.

C2C is a national nonprofit coalition to help narrow the digital divide by making high-speed Internet access, computers, education and jobs content, and digital literacy training more accessible for Americans without home connectivity. The program recently announced the first-ever, multi-media, multilingual, nationwide ad campaign on digital literacy with the Ad Council, which will launch in early 2013.

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Participants

  • Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Ben Hecht, Chairman, Connect2Compete
  • Jill Vaske, Executive Vice President, Redemtech
  • Elliott Gaskins, Chief Development Officer, LAYC
  • Darryl Morin, State Director, LULAC