Public Knowledge Statement on Tom Wheeler as Chair of the FCC

The Wall Street Journal and other sources are reporting that the President will nominate Tom Wheeler, Managing Director of Core Capital Partners, to replace outgoing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski. 

The following statement may be attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, President and CEO of Public Knowledge:

“As someone who has known Tom for years, I believe that he will be an independent, proactive Chairman who will not allow the FCC to become irrelevant as broadband becomes the dominant mode of communication in this country.  I also expect that he will carry out the President’s communications policy agenda, which includes strong open Internet requirements, robust broadband competition, affordable broadband access for all Americans, diversity of voices and serious consumer protections, all backed by vigorous agency enforcement.  

“Some have expressed concern about Tom’s past history as the head of two industry trade associations.  But his past positions should be seen in light of the times and in the context of his other important experiences and engagement with policy.  Viewed as a whole, it is most significant that the President has expressed confidence that Tom will effectively carry out the Administration's communications policy agenda.

“I have no doubt that we will disagree with Tom at times.  But I also have no doubt that Tom will have an open door and an open mind, and that ultimately his decisions will be based on what he genuinely believes is best for the public interest, not any particular industry.  We look forward to Tom’s swift confirmation, and to working with him on the important issues that will shape our digital future.”

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