Pai said the U.S. has dropped the ball when it comes to broadcasting, noting that South Korea beat the U.S. to the punch when it, in December, aired the world’s first commercial broadcast using the new standard.

“We expect and want the United States to lead the world in technological innovation,” Pai wrote. “Moving forward with Next Gen TV would enable us to do just that. With this standard, the FCC could help American broadcasters benefit American consumers in a way befitting the marvels of the digital age.”