How former lobbyist Tom Wheeler became the broadband industry’s worst nightmare

“When President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in May 2013, there was widespread concern the new chairman would push the interests of telecommunications companies instead of standing up for the American people,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica.

“After all, Wheeler had been the top lobbyist for both the cable and cell phone industries, having worked for the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1976 to 1984 and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) from 1992 to 2004,” Brodkin reports. “Though he had left those jobs years before, people wondered if a former lobbyist would properly regulate the industries he once represented.”

“The companies Wheeler would regulate applauded Obama’s choice. AT&T called the nomination an ‘inspired pick,’ while Comcast praised Wheeler for his “proven leadership,'” Brodkin reports. “Three years later, Wheeler is being cheered by consumer advocates even as he is reviled by many Internet service providers (ISPs) and their Republican supporters in Congress.”

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  1. I don’t care who does it, but please, please, please bring REAL broadband to those of us in rural America. And satellite, with the fairly low data caps, is NOT the answer. In the evening, our DSL is barely above dialup speeds. And their are not enough DSL ports from Verizon for all out neighbors who want the service. This should be a bipartisan issue.

    1. Yo should consider doing what a group of people did for their island in Alaska – contract for a high-speed line and build out your own WiFi service. Bypass your current provider for the last distance gap and set up a coop to collect fees to cover the service.

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