San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has resigned from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, accusing the agency’s advisory committee of providing recommendations that give internet service providers “a very favorable hand,” according to Axios.
“It has become abundantly clear that despite the good intentions of several participants, the industry-heavy makeup of [the committee] will simply relegate the body to being a vehicle for advancing the interests of the telecommunications industry over those of the public,” Liccardo said in his resignation letter.
He told Axios that it is “obvious that this body is going to deliver to the industry what the industry wants.”
The advisory panel was created last year by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who issued a statement following the resignation.
“The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee and its working groups have brought together 101 participants from a range of perspectives to recommend strategies to promote better, faster, and cheaper broadband. Bridging the digital divide continues to be my top priority, and I look forward to continuing to work with [the committee] and many others to remove regulatory barriers to broadband deployment and to extend digital opportunity to all Americans,” Pai said.
Pai said earlier this week that he’s “long said that every American who wants to participate in the digital economy should be able to do so.”
“And the plain reality is that if you live in rural America, you are much less likely to have high-speed internet access than if you live in a city,” Pai said.
“If you live in a low-income neighborhood, you are less likely to have high-speed internet access than if you live in a wealthier area.”