Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Indian government is focusing on Universal Internet Access by 2022 and fixed broadband access to 50 per cent of households by 2022.
These strategies are installing two million public Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas and redesigning and expanding the Universal Service Obligation Fund.
For example, some parts of Assam, Uttarakhand, Karnataka & communities in Alaska, Utah, and Kansas don’t have internet access. To connect these communities, FCC’s Universal Service Fund provides federal subsidies to private carriers to leverage additional investment. The US has begun allocating some of this support by using a reverse auction, which harnesses market forces and a diverse array of technologies to maximise the impact and efficiency of this investment.
Observing that 5G could be transformative, enabling things like telemedicine and precision agriculture, automotive safety and gaming, industrial IoT and other breakthroughs that one can’t even conceive today, Pai said one of their top priorities is to protect the security and integrity of the communications supply chain.
Pai said he is looking forward to working with Indian and American business communities in the days ahead to connect, to propel, and to secure the digital future.