Political Discussion: Tom Wheeler Nominated for FCC Chairman


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President Obama has nominated former cable and wireless lobbyist Tom Wheeler as the future chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The president also nominated Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as the acting chair after the departure of current Chairman Julius Genachowski in mid-May.

“For more than 30 years, Tom’s been at the forefront of some of the very dramatic changes that we’ve seen in the ways we communicate and how we live our lives,” Mr. Obama said in a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House. “Tom knows this stuff inside and out.”

From the New York Times:
Although Mr. Wheeler’s time as an industry lobbyist ended in 2004, consumer groups have expressed caution, if not dismay, over whether the new chairman will work to promote the public interest in setting his agenda for regulation of wireless phone companies, broadband Internet service and other emerging technologies.

Industry groups, as might be expected, expressed approval of the choice of Mr. Wheeler.