At this morning’s Senate meeting, the Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominees to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC has been running with only three commissioners and has had two open slots, which Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Brendan Carr have been nominated to fill. Chairman Ajit Pai was also present at the hearing as he was up for confirmation.
Before the three faced questions from the Senate in regards to a number of concerns such as improvements in broadband access, phone services in rural areas, and net neutrality, Chairman Pai shared perspectives from “outside the beltway” and shared a passage from one of his favorite poems, Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman.
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.
He spoke of groups and individuals that he met while touring the country. The stories they shared stay with him and fuel his “passion to help deliver digital opportunity to all Americans.” Chairman Pai concluded his speech by expressing the hope that the “FCC fills them in return by empowering Americans everywhere with connectivity and technology.”
Included in his collection of stories was Hiya and our work in helping consumers avoid unwanted robocalls. (See minute 4:22 in the video below)
When former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler passed the torch to Chairman Pai last March, the fight against robocalls was a top priority on Pai’s list. Since then, the FCC approved new rules regarding robocalls. Just last week, they reconfirmed their commitment to finding a solution in the fight against robocalls.