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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:


March 6, 2018 - News Release
Chairman Pai Proposes $954 Million Plan For Puerto Rico and USVI

February 22, 2018 - News Release
FCC Resolves Petitions for Reconsideration for Mobility Fund Phase II

February 22, 2018 - News Release
FCC Updates National Broadband Map

February 2, 2018 - Report
FCC Releases 2018 Broadband Deployment Report

January 30, 2018 - News Release
FCC Takes Final Steps for Next Phase of Rural Broadband Expansion

January 16, 2018 - Statement
Chairman Pai Proposes $500 Million Boost for Rural Broadband


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