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FCC asks Congress to fund more broadband for education

June 29, 2020


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has asked Congress to increase funding for broadband in support of education, claiming that the agency has seen success with its Covid-19 Telehealth Program and could do the same with a program for remote learning.

“I have asked Congress for authority and funding for a remote learning initiative like what we did for tele-health,” Pai said, speaking on a webinar hosted by the Internet Innovation Alliance. “I know that there are of course different fiscal demands on the Congress at any given time, but to me at least, when you’re talking to consumers who are out there, broadband is pretty much at the top of the list for many of them, so I would hope [Congress] could give the FCC more resources to be able to do that kind of job, as they did with the Covid-19 Telehealth Program.”

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