The new FCC chairman Ajit Pai has addressed the nation to let us know that closing the digital divide will be a priority under his stewardship. In what is a traditional appearance before the massed FCC staff, Pai said:
One of the most significant things that I’ve seen during my time here is that there is a digital divide in this country—between those who can use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not. I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close that divide.
That was also a priority of his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, but Pai signaled he was looking to the private sector to do the heavy lifting. He said he wanted 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. We must work to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.”
What we like most about this article is Pai’s new enthusiasm and push faster to close the digital divide! This problem was not being fixed fast enough. We are hopeful that with his new attention to this situation, we will start to see progress sooner than later in 2017.
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