May 18, 2001

MANA, A National Latina Organization (MANA), joined more than a dozen other Hispanic groups in outlining the need for high-speed Internet connections to reach all U.S. Hispanics and other underserved populations, and announced its support for "The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001," H.R. 1542.

Alma Morales Riojas, president and chief executive officer of MANA, said "Technological advancements are occurring at an astounding rate, but as they occur we must ensure that these changes do not create additional barriers for the personal and professional success of Latinas and the Latino community. High-speed Internet connections can help Latinas build networks to better communicate, to create new business opportunities, and to help themselves and their families learn -- but we must have access to high-speed Internet in our communities, homes, and businesses."

"MANA supports H.R. 1542 because it will help generate investment in the next-generation Internet infrastructure to bring high-speed Internet access to our communities and homes, and help ensure that we have the tools to compete and succeed in the new economy," Riojas added.

MANA, A National Latina Organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. is the oldest and largest national Latina membership organization. It is dedicated to advancing the status of American women of Hispanic descent, and works to reach this goal by advocating for public policies that benefit Latinas and their families. MANA empowers Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy. Additional information on MANA is available at www.hermana.org .

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