In this episode, Roshan Cariappa and Amit Paranjape speak to Chairman Ajit Pai, the first Indian American to hold highest office at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In a free-wheeling conversation, Chairman Pai speaks about his childhood, growing up in Parsons (a small town in Kansas) as a first generation immigrant, his journey from law school into the FCC, how the FCC’s priorities have changed post-COVID, what the FCC is doing to increase internet penetration in the US, managing varying stakeholder interests and enabling efficient markets, the net neutrality episode of which he was at the center of and what has happened since, regulating big tech (Facebook, Amazon, Google), security considerations with 5G and Huawei, his reaction to India’s banning of Tiktok and 59 Chinese apps, and his interests in Indian Culture.
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