Bhatia to chair NHCSL task force on IT
As chair of the policy body, Bhatia will bring to the forefront issues related to Hispanic access to broadband, digital literacy and how to empower the Latino community to fully benefit from broadband services and the digital economy.
“As chair of the Broadband and Technology Task Force I will strive to ensure that legislative and regulatory policy making on these rapidly evolving services takes fully into account the needs of the Latino community,” said Bhatia, a member of the island’s Popular Democratic Party and a national Democrat. “Broadband, wireless and technology services have become a vibrant sector of our national economy, with the potential to both empower and invest in our communities.”
Bhatia has been an advocate of broadband and technology innovation since 2005 when he was executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) in Washington, D.C. during the administration of former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.
At PRFAA, he was engaged in discussions on legislation that would impact the Universal Service Fund in Puerto Rico. As a member of NHCSL, Bhatia was an active member of the Broadband En Accion Task Force (BBTF), where he participated in the organization’s first forays into developing policy views and recommendations on broadband access with a white paper titled, “Expanding Opportunities in the Hispanic Community: Solutions for Increased Broadband Access.”
The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 340 Hispanic legislators.