Ajit Pai: Closing the Digital Divide in Telco

Virtually everything we do in our lives today relies on technology. Yet, between five and six million Americans still don’t have access to high-speed internet. And while that number is startling, it has fallen significantly in the last four years.

In this episode of Deciding Factors, Ajit Pai, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, talks about the role his administration played in decreasing the digital opportunity gap, and the work that’s still to be done. Ajit also speaks about the FCC’s plans for 5G, and changing regulations for media ownership that will help local news teams compete with Big Tech. 

ABOUT AJIT PAI: Ajit Pai served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from January 2017 to January 2021. He was the first Asian-American to serve in this role and was designated for this position by then-President Donald Trump. He previously was a Commissioner at the FCC, nominated by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in May 2012. Under Mr. Pai’s leadership, the FCC was one of the most productive and consequential in history, advancing major initiatives on closing the digital divide, extending U.S. leadership in 5G and Wi-Fi, enabling innovation, protecting consumers, and promoting national security and public safety.Earlier in Mr. Pai’s career, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at the FCC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Senate, among other places. 

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