The Hispanic Institute and Mobile Future published a report stating that Hispanics are increasingly turning to mobile devices – not traditional wired broadband – as their primary means of accessing the Internet.
"Mobile broadband is essential for the economic advancement of Hispanics," said Gus West, Board Chair of The Hispanic Institute. "In today's information age, the Hispanic community relies on mobile devices to stay connected for so many aspects of their lives – to do everything from interacting with public officials to paying bills to taking their prescriptions thanks to text-message reminders."
The report – "Hispanic Broadband Access: Making the Most of the Mobile, Connected Future" – details how Hispanics have embraced mobile technology. They're 17 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to use mobile phones to access the Internet – and 20 percent more likely to watch video on them. The economic implications are huge, as young Hispanics have spent more than $500 million on mobile apps this year alone.
"Mobile broadband is connecting the Hispanic community in never-before-seen ways, resulting in greater economic, civic, and political opportunities for Latinos," said Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future.