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FCC Chairman Promises Broadband For All

Postby sunnyd » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:57 am

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is pushing for his boss President Donald Trump and Congress to include broadband in an upcoming infrastructure spending bill.

In a speech Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pai made the case to lawmakers that broadband should be a priority in the bill, because it's a driving force for economic growth. He also offered ideas on what should be included in the legislation to encourage the deployment of high speed internet infrastructure.

First, he said any money going directly to projects should be administered through the FCC's Universal Service Fund "to maximize the impact of these investments" and "to minimize waste." Second, he urged Congress to include his proposal for Gigabit Opportunity Zones, which offer tax incentives to broadband providers building in low-income neighborhoods.

"In the digital age, I believe, our wired and wireless broadband networks are core components of our nation's infrastructure," Pai said. "That's why my position is clear: If Congress moves forward with a major infrastructure package, broadband should be included."

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