Statement from USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez on the Importance of Affordable Internet Access Following the Hearing in the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "For millions of Americans, the world is literally at our finger tips – all at the click of a button. In the information Age, the internet has become an indispensable tool for educational exploration, social interaction, and entrepreneurial innovation. Unfortunately, many families still struggle to find affordable internet services. Through their Internet Essentials program, Comcast is making the World Wide Web live up to its name, by providing discounted internet services to families throughout America.

During today's Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Mr. Cohen officially announced the program has connected 1 million users; this important milestone is a testament to both the success and need for Comcast's services. Because of their efforts, more students get to do their homework, more parents get to apply for jobs online, and more government and private sector focus is being dedicated to closing the digital divide."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.1 million Hispanic owned businesses nationwide that contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce