Pai: Court Has Been Impediment to His Broadcast Diversity Efforts

(Image credit: FCC) WASHINGTON—FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he has been trying to focus on diversity for the last couple of years, but has been hampered by the courts. Pai was asked during his post public meeting press conference Tuesday (June 9) about the link between media ownership and the wider conversation in the country about racial justice, whether the FCC was doing enough to promote media diversity and what more it could do. In 2017, Pai had reconstituted the FCC's diversity and digital empowerment advisory committee, which had been disbanded under his predecessor (Tom Wheeler), he said. Pai said he thought it was important for everyone from poor Mississippi communities to Alaskan villages above the arctic circle that FCC policies are informed by diverse communities. That was also why the FCC had set up the broadcast incubator program as an element in its effort to deregulate media ownership, the chairman said, adding that it had been talked about for two decades but "we actually got it done. "Pai agreed the FCC could do more, but said it had run into a road block in the U.

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