Before a roundtable on rural broadband here last week, FCC Chair Ajit Pai tweeted about returning to Emporia State after being here decades ago as a high school student.
In a Sept. 19 tweet, Pai— who grew up in Parsons—said: “30 years ago, I was a high school kid attending debate camp @emporiastate (yes, it was as cool as it sounds),” said Pai on Twitter. “A pleasure to return today to discuss what @ FCC is doing to deliver broadband to small towns across Kansas. Thanks to @RogerMarshallMD and team.”
Pai came to Emporia to participate in a broadband roundtable. This event was hosted by the office of U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall.
“The discussion will include broadband providers, community leaders and representatives from Emporia State University,” said Gwen Larson, assistant director of Marketing and Media relations in a PR release. “(The roundtable) will focus on the role of broadband in rural economic development.”
The event was hosted in Cremer Hall. The original tweet from Pai was a reply to a tweet from the university’s Twitter page announcing the theme of the meeting.
“‘Closing the Digital Divide’ is the theme of roundtable with @FCC chairman @ ajitpai at ESU,” said ESU on Twitter. “Thanks to @RogerMarshallMD for organizing the meeting.”
The Bulletin has reached out to Pai to get more information about his visit to ESU and how to roundtable went.