FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2020
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP ATTORNEY JOEL THAYER TO INTERVIEW FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI ON LINCOLN NETWORK WEBINAR, “THE FCC’S VISION FOR CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE”
Washington, D.C. – Phillips Lytle LLP Attorney Joel Thayer will interview Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for the Lincoln Network’s webinar titled, “The FCC’s Vision for Closing the Digital Divide.” The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 18th at 3:00 p.m.
This discussion will cover Chairman Pai’s agenda to bridge the digital divide, how the FCC’s policies on broadband will develop in the coming months and how it will help with our country’s economic recovery.
The question of bridging the digital divide in the United States comes down to how we can widen our broadband footprint in order to ensure that all Americans have access to standard broadband. The FCC has been moving quickly on important regulatory proceedings this year, such as promoting WiFi capabilities to provide more access to broadband, clarifying rules on 5G broadband infrastructure, and opening up more spectrum in L-Band and C-Band that will support innovative 5G IoT services, like telehealth and connected cars.
Broadband is increasingly becoming the lifeblood on which our economy depends. The only solution is to find new and innovative ways to reach those Americans living in a “digital desert” to ensure that all can participate in the new economy and tap into rural America’s unlimited potential to provide new and innovative services.
Mr. Thayer focuses his practice on telecommunications, regulatory and transaction matters, as well as privacy and cybersecurity issues. He has advised technology companies on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has authored guidance to help small business software developers navigate the ever-evolving regulatory landscape due to the GDPR’s enactment. Additionally, Mr. Thayer’s practice extends to both administrative and constitutional law.
Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Thayer served as Policy Counsel for ACT | The App Association, where he advised on legal and policy issues related to antitrust, telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property in Washington, D.C. His experience also includes working as legal clerk for the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission.