Ajit Pai faces rare criticism from GOP senator on rural broadband failures

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking during a Senate hearing.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks during an FCC oversight hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

US Sen. John Thune (R-SD) yesterday blasted the Federal Communications Commission, saying it has failed to prevent budget cuts in funding for rural broadband.

"It has been more than a year since Chairman [Ajit] Pai" and fellow commissioners appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee "and committed to conducting a thorough economic analysis of the impact of USF [Universal Service Fund] funding cuts on broadband deployment in rural areas before allowing any further reduction," Thune said.

But Pai's FCC has failed to keep that promise, Thune said while delivering a statement at a hearing on rural broadband. Thune, the Commerce Committee chairman, continued:

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