While it seems every move made by President Trump is immediately scrutinized and downplayed as being yet another major mistake that mainstream media can creatively spin, one of the biggest moves by the new administration to date has quietly gone ignored. When Trump named the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) he ushered in a huge win for consumers. Ajit Pai is a champion for the consumer, for removing the over-regulated market left over from Obama and a voice for real change. The efforts and actions of the FCC are poised to be ground-breaking.
Years of tight controls over the internet, data speeds, and cellular services have hurt both further development of technology and the consumer. The Obama era saw so many controls for the data market that the resulting bottlenecks worked against emerging technology that made high demands for streaming data. The technology was advancing while tight controls proved to be a step backward. Ajit Pai has quickly updated policies to reverse this overuse of power.
Mr. Pai is committed to reversing the mistakes made by the Obama White House team and brings the experience needed to do just that. Since joining the FCC in 2012, he has been a voice of reason as he spoke out against the stagnant market left by “net neutrality” rules. These rules slowed down progress and trapped consumers in a market without choice or the need for innovation due simply to a lack of competition. Instead of pushing to a future of technology innovation and internet growth, Obama transformed the internet into just another utility.
The net neutrality rules slowed down the digital progress in the United States, and Chairman Pai is the voice of forward momentum. Mr. Pai stated, “I look forward to working with the new administration, my colleagues at the commission, members of Congress and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.”
Progress and change at the FCC is already in full swing, with a new commitment to making the best services available to the entire United States. This includes quickly re-working and eliminating many of the cumbersome reporting demands of service providers that kept new competition out of the market. This was often especially hurtful in rural areas where smaller providers were more than likely to be one of the only options.
A small business exemption from reporting can mean the difference between advanced internet services in rural areas and no access. This type of progress and access is not available under a heavily micromanaged system like that of Obama. Instead of giving into the demands of large corporations to maintain a tight grasp on the market, these special protections for the small business owner change the market.
Not only does this move mean key access points for service for even the most rural of the country, it also opens up the limited resources a small business may have to grow and work towards offering innovative services to customers. They are no longer wasting funds on unneeded red tape.
Beyond the elimination of a massive amount of red tape for established small carriers, the FCC also moved to enact special programs to stimulate expanded access to better networks is many rural areas. The Mobility Fund II offers $4.5 billion over the next 10 years to help all Americans have access to the internet and faster connections required for many premium devices or services.
Access to the internet, high-speed cable service and the wealth of information it affords will no longer be a luxury just available in larger cities. Regardless of where one lives within the borders of the U.S, there will be the freedom to access information and use advancing internet communications.
These new levels of access for all Americans would not be possible without the change in leadership at the FCC. The last years saw so many efforts from the FCC to control new business and expanded access that the average consumer suffered. Consumer benefits and access to expanded internet, broadband and emerging technology has now become the focus on the new FCC under Mr. Pai.
Looking beyond the amazing benefits of the Mobility Fund II and opened up access for all, the new FCC is also committed to progressing technology. This includes the most recent partnerships with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) via a historic signing today.
Partnerships and innovations are not limited to new partners either. Mr. Pai has made great efforts to expand the market and ability to innovate to many businesses within the United States including new initiatives like the “next-generation” broadcast television standards. With new broadcast standards and expanded access to 4G and even 5G internet connections the internet and cable television market is looking forward to the future.
Mr. Pai has made enormous strides in positioning both the FCC and the U.S for a future of consumer access to an expanded internet and innovation. He is committed to “…pursue policies that promote infrastructure investment, foster innovation and expand next-gen networks across the U.S.”
The efforts of Mr. Pai to reverse the controls and free small businesses from the heavy restraints of too much government involvement will change the way Americans access technology. Consumers are no longer limited by the town they live in or by strict controls that limit high-speed data access. There is finally an open, level playing field for everyone to access technology. It also changes the way companies interact with consumers as well. The focus is on the consumer for the first time in many years.
An expanded access to technology and the internet not only provides the benefits of the obvious uses of online services but also expands all sorts of other areas for both adults and children. Imagine a world where a child in a rural area can access high-speed internet to take classes at a school on the other side of the country in a specialized science not offered at their neighborhood school. The new FCC and Mr. Pai aim to make this possible.