Tom Wheeler

Should big technology companies break up or break open?

There can be little doubt that the major digital companies have gained a level of economic control akin to the industrial barons of the Gilded Age.

Mark Zuckerberg’s call for internet rules only goes part way

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s call for new rules for the Internet is a start. The four proposals he makes open the door to a meaningful discussion about the effects of internet capitalism.

The tragedy of tech companies: Getting the regulation they want

American technology companies today find themselves in a conundrum Oscar Wilde identified: “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” The tech companies—both networks and the platform se

A Democratic agenda for regulating tech: Follow the Republican Roosevelt

With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, at least one chamber of Congress could be poised to meaningfully update consumer and competition protection rules for the internet age.

With new technology challenges, remember we’ve been here before

In my new book, “From Gutenberg to Google,” I examine the two great network revolutions of the past—the printing press in the 15th century, as well as the combination of the railroad and telegraph in the 19th century—to put in historical perspecti

Government shutdown halts the Trump FCC’s deregulation agenda

The companies that have been the beneficiaries of the Trump Federal Communications Commission’s deregulation are now discovering that a government that does nothing cannot serve their interests.

If 5G Is So Important, Why Isn’t It Secure?

The Trump administration’s so-called “race” with China to build new fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks is speeding toward a network vulnerable to Chinese (and other) cyberattacks.

Time to move beyond 5G hype

It is time to move past the political and marketing talking points to consider both the promise of 5G and the challenge to its realization. First of all, to call 5G a “race” is a deceptive metaphor.

The FTC should match tech company innovation with oversight innovation

The Nov 27 Senate hearing on the activities of the Federal Trade Commission highlighted the shortcomings of applying industrial-era thinking to internet-era challenges.

Who makes the rules in the new Gilded Age?

The digital era has spurred tremendous advancements throughout human society, but it has also led to immense instability and inequality.