March 2017 – Chairman Ajit Pai visited Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he gave his first major speech as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). His address covered many topics including jobs, technology, infrastructure, transition, broadband, 5G, and a positive outlook for the future. He explained why “Change may be today’s only constant,” and our economy depends on adaptation and advancement. His address also covered policy changes aimed at closing the digital divide and bringing access to internet based technologies to all Americans. Chairman Pai outlined his guiding principles for the FCC and then provided insight into specific proposals the Commission will pursue. He stated, “I believe that every American who wants to participate in our digital economy should be able to. Access to digital opportunity shouldn’t depend on who you are or where you’re from…The FCC’s job is to be your partner in that journey. By helping to close the digital divide and promoting innovation, we can empower more Americans to change their own lives. That’s the mission ahead of us. Let’s get to work!”
Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans
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