Reaction to FCC Pick

Author: Kevin Taglang
Coverage Type: reporting
Washington, DC, United States

When a new Federal Communications Commission chairman is named, people talk. Here’s what they are saying:

  • House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) said they were concerned about some of Wheeler's views “on merger conditions that can be misused to affect whole industries, not just those seeking merger approval. The FCC should use its lawful rule making authority as a public and transparent process if it wants to change industry-wide behavior and stop using closed door, strong-arm merger conditions.”
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member of the House Commerce Committee, called Wheeler a tremendous asset and said the FCC was in good hands with Interim Chairman Mignon Clyburn.
  • "Tom Wheeler will bring a deep understanding of the wireless industry," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). "He is a good choice for the FCC during an exciting and tumultuous time for communications policy.”
  • "The FCC's commitment to ensuring adequate local news coverage in New Jersey remains a major concern that I will continue to pursue,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). “Mr. Wheeler's vision to expand broadband services will be critical to families and businesses and I look forward to hearing how he plans to utilize America's innovative spirit and communications infrastructure to improve the economy."
  • Current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “I was pleased to appoint Tom as chairman of the FCC's Technological Advisory Council in 2010, and under his leadership the TAC has made strong contributions to the FCC's work, including on unleashing spectrum for mobile, removing barriers to private investment, and strengthening our cyber security.”
  • "Given his wealth of private-sector experience and his knowledge of the communications industry, Tom is superbly qualified to lead the commission," said Republican Commissioner and soon-to-be senior Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai. "I look forward to working with him on creating a regulatory environment in which innovation and competition will flourish for the benefit of all Americans."
  • "I am excited by the news that President Obama has decided to nominate Tom Wheeler to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission," said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. I know he will bring a deep understanding of communications policy to the role, which he has already demonstrated through his leadership of the Commission's Technological Advisory Council. This agency will face complex issues during the days ahead, but I am confident that he will be a terrific leader and I look forward to working with him."
  • FCC Commissioner Clyburn joined others in congratulating Tom Wheeler on his nomination. She thanked President Obama for the nod to lead the FCC until Wheeler’s nomination is confirmed. “I am committed to continuing the FCC’s strong record of promoting competition, investment, and advancing the public interest. I am a firm believer that our government can be an effective problem-solver with an important role to play in opening doors of opportunity for all Americans.”


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