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"Since my first day as Chairman of the FCC, I've said repeatedly that my number one priority is closing the digital divide and bringing the benefits of the Internet age to all Americans." – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Bridging the Digital Divide

High-speed Internet access, or broadband, is critical to economic opportunity, job creation, education, and civic engagement. But there are too many parts of this country where broadband is unavailable. In urban areas, 97% of Americans have access to high-speed fixed service. In rural areas, that number falls to 65%. And on Tribal lands, barely 60% have access. All told, nearly 30 million Americans cannot reap the benefits of the digital age.

Chairman Pai with Gwen and Dylan Harris, click for a larger version...
Chairman Pai with Gwen & Dylan Harris at a South Boston, Virginia, event on providing high-speed internet access to students in underserved areas.

Chairman Ajit Pai's top priority is to close the digital divide between those who have access to cutting-edge communications services and those who do not. He believes that every American who wants to participate in the digital economy should be able to do so.

Reports & Data


The FCC has taken a number of steps to expand broadband across America. These include:


October 10, 2017 - Speech
Chairman Pai's Remarks at Reagan Presidential Library: "Morning in Digital America"

September 21, 2017 - Speech
Chairman Pai Remarks to Kansas Broadband Conference

August 3, 2017 - News Release
Commission Establishes Challenge Process for Mobility Fund Phase II

August 3, 2017 - News Release
FCC Takes Next Step Toward $2 Billion Rural Broadband Expansion

July 21, 2017 - Public Notice
C2H To Hold Listening Sessions on Bridging Broadband Health Divide


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