After being appointed the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai addressed his colleagues at the commission. In a largely personal reflection of his experience at the FCC, Pai didn’t address net neutrality; however, he did speak to the digital divide:
One of the most significant things that I’ve seen during my time here is that there is a digital divide in this country — between those who can use from (sic) cutting-edge communications services and those who do not. I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close that divide — to do what’s necessary to help the private sector build networks, send signals, and distribute information to American consumers, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or anything else. We must work to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.
Pai also promised to listen to all views and approach issues with an open mind:
I will do my best to hear all points of view — to approach every issue with a literal open door and a figurative open mind.
Read his full speech: