Pai Hits Digital Highway

FCC chairman Ajit Pai's office says he is off on a four-state road trip this week to highlight the impact of high-speed broadband on jobs and economic opportunity.

Trying to close that divide, particularly in rural areas, has been a signature issue of the chairman's, though critics have taken issue with how he has gone about it. 

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He will be visiting tribal lands, a potato farm, ISPs, local broadcasters and officials in Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

He has already traveled to half the states and territories to talk up broadband deployment, according to his office.  

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.