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Ajit Pai to serve second term at FCC

MUMBAI: US president Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Ajit Pai for serving another term at Federal Communications Commission.  Trump had designated Pai, who was previously the FCC commissioner, as FCC's acting chairman soon after becoming the US president. 

On being nominated, Pai said, "I am deeply honored to have been nominated by President Trump to serve a second term on the Federal Communications Commission.  If I am fortunate to be confirmed by the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to connect all Americans with digital opportunity, foster innovation, protect consumers, promote public safety, and make the FCC more open and transparent to the American people.” 

Before joining FCC, Pai was a Partner at Jenner & Block, LLP, from 2011 until 2012, and Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the General Counsel at the FCC from 2007 until 2011. The son of immigrants from India, Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas. 

"There is a real and growing digital divide in America. In wealthier, metropolitan areas, 4G LTE is ubiquitous, and gigabit fixed service is expanding. But, many rural areas are being left behind," Pai said in his testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. 

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