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Wheeler on tap to head FCC

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 1:58pm
The Associated Press

A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to name a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist to head the Federal Communications Commission.

The official said Obama planned to announce later today (Wednesday) that he was nominating Tom Wheeler as the country's top telecommunications regulator. The official said Obama would name FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to serve as acting chairwoman while Wheeler awaits Senate confirmation. The official spoke on a condition of anonymity since the selection had not yet been officially announced.

Wheeler is former head of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association and the National Cable Television Association. Since 2005, he has been a venture capitalist at Core Capital Partners.

Wheeler would replace outgoing chairman Julius Genachowski, who announced in March he would be stepping down.

TIA president Grant Seiffert, president of TIA, wrote: “TIA applauds the pending nomination of Tom Wheeler to chair the FCC.  He has the proven ability to transcend a broad range of industry perspectives to reach balanced outcomes.  Given that one of the most important challenges facing the FCC will be assuring a successful television spectrum incentive auction, Wheeler's breadth of experience makes him especially well-suited to lead the FCC at this time.

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