By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-17-20

The FCC oversight hearing Thursday (Sept. 17) is entitled “Trump FCC: Four Years or Lost Opportunities,” but FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a lead witness in the Democrat-led House Energy & Commerce Committee Communications Subcommittee clearly doesn’t see it that way.

In his prepared testimony, Pai talks about the agency’s “significant work and accomplishments,” including during the pandemic. He said that includes making it easier and cheaper to build out fiber, stretching rural broadband buildout dollars “as far as we can,” rebuilding networks in U.S. territories, and speeding 5G through spectrum auctions.

He also tallied about the speed at which the FCC authorized hundreds of millions of dollars for telehealth and the hundreds millions more it is ready to hand out if Congress authorizes it.

But what Pai sees as speeding buildouts E&C chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) calls rolling back environmental and tribal protections. » Read More