FCC talk about expanding reach to rural areas

Published: Jun. 9, 2017 at 6:15 PM CDT
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Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai was invited by Senator John Thune to have a round table discussion with local telecommunication stakeholders in Rapid City.

Pai talked about how growing up in rural Kansas helps him understand the problems many people in South Dakota face when it comes to telecommunication.

The FCC wants to provide internet, broadband, and all the top digital connections for everyone, including those on the reservations.

Pai says, "I met with the Rosebud Sioux and amoung other tribes where I heard from them first hand on some of the challenges that they face and about their desire for cutting edge communication services. We need to do a better job of making sure that we will provide the ability for companies to build those digital connections to tribal lands and into every parts of rural America."

Internet in rural areas could also help South Dakota farmers increase business by expanding their reach.

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