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Chairman Pai Remarks at Farm Foundation/USDA Summit

[Speech] It’s no secret that I’m a native of small-town Kansas. I know how great it is to grow up in rural America.

FCC Delays are Keeping Broadband from Rural School Kids

Under the Trump administration, rural schools requesting funding for broadband expansion have faced record delays and denials, according to the non-profit EducationSuperHighway, which works to get schools connected to the internet.

FCC Proposes Prohibiting Universal Service Spending On Equipment And Services From Companies That Pose National Security Threats

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to help protect the security of the nation’s communications networks through its stewardship of the over $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF).

FCC’s pending vote on national security raises more concerns

Nokia, the Rural Wireless Association and others are raising additional concerns about the Federal Communications Commission’s planned vote in April on a proposal that is designed to bar companies deemed a national security threat from supplying e

Commissioner Clyburn Remarks before the American Library Association

Broadband investment is critical infrastructure investment, which increasingly determines which city, town, or Tribal nation, thrives or not.

New FCC Lifeline Policy Would Be a 'Death Sentence' for Puerto Ricans Recovering from Hurricanes

A new rule championed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai would limit internet and phone access for millions of low-income and elderly Americans.

Date/Location Details: 

Federal Communications Bar Association

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:15 to 13:30

Please join the Wireline Committee for a Brown Bag Lunch discussion of the FCC’s plan to transfer universal service funds, currently held in private bank accounts by the Universal Service Administrative Company, to the United States Treasury. 


  • Deena Shetler, Acting Deputy Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission
  • Cara Voth, Counsel, Office of Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission
  • Fred Theobald, Director of Financial Operations, Universal Service Administrative Company

Democratic Sens Slam Chairman Pai for Proposed Limits to Lifeline Program

A group of Democratic Sens slammed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai over his proposal to cut down on a program that helps make broadband and phone service more affordable for low-income households. The Sens' letter targets a pro

Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is poised to sign a bill to allocate $115 million in the next five years to extend high-speed internet to rural Colorado, a significant step toward achieving his goal to connect the entire state.

Public Knowledge Files Reply Comments Opposing FCC Move to Abandon Low-Income Americans

Public Knowledge filed reply comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled, “Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers.”