New FCC Chairman Emphasizes Investment to Erase Digital Divide

In one of his first public remarks since being named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his commitment to closing the digital divide, a theme he talked about when an FCC commissioner.

“I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close that (digital) divide; to do what’s necessary to help the private sector build networks, send signals, and distribute information to American consumers, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or anything else,” said Pai.

In the past, Pai has talked about creating investment zones to promote investment in internet access facilities in urban areas, for example. That is likely to be proposed in the new FCC administration as policy.


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