Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has been a Profile in Courage during this pandemic, helping millions of Americans stay connected as the economy teetered on the brink of collapse. But his courageousness and service to the American people began when Corona was just a beer and not a deadly virus. In 2017, Chairman Pai led the charge to unshackle the internet from the chains of outdated, onerous Title II regulations. Pai stood firm against an onslaught of sustained attacks from vested special interest groups opposed to these changes, and even had to deal with protestors repeatedly stalking and threatening him and his family. But his steadfast commitment to ending burdensome regulations set the stage for entrepreneurs and private providers to seamlessly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. From loosening the regulatory restrictions on the digital domain to aggressively moving toward a 5G future by selling and repurposing wireless spectrum, Chairman Pai has made it possible for people to work from home and remain well fed and entertained. The FCC is now poised to aggressively close the digital divide while also protecting taxpayers.
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