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FCC Very Close To Announcing Tom Wheeler As Next FCC Boss
As Genachowski Waddles Off to Think Tank Life
by Karl Bode 11:37AM Tuesday Apr 16 2013
Venture capitalist and former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler remains the top candidate to replace departing FCC boss Julius Genachowski, according to analysis from Medley Global Advisors. According to the report, Wheeler has seen a flurry of coordinated support from the Democratic party ahead of what could be announcement in the next week or two. The campaign has involved trying to get more progressive voices (like Susan Crawford) to sign off on Wheeler to offset concerns about his former lobbying ties.


From the Medley report:
quote:
"Venture capitalist and former lobbyist Tom Wheeler picked up a strong vote of confidence from a mix of tech policy experts that includes former administration officials and an ex-industry watchdog,” according to the MGA briefing. "The backing is designed to offset public interest group opposition to Wheeler," and included a prominent public-interest voice, Andrew Schwartzman, former president of the Media Access Project.
After Genachowski spent his entire tenure being too timid to do even acknowledge high broadband prices and competition issues, worries about Wheeler being more of the same based on his lobbyist background are certainly valid. Here is a copy of last week's letter (courtesy of Sam Gustin from Time), which attempts to argue that people shouldn't worry about his lobbying ties because cable and wireless were still pesky upstarts then:
quote:
Tom has had an impressive career in the telecommunications and high-tech field that makes him eminently qualified for this position. He has consistently fought on the side of increasing competition, including representing the cable television and wireless industries in their early years when they were the insurgents challenging the established players. He has started or helped to start multiple new, high-tech companies that created quality American jobs while pushing the frontiers of technological innovation. He understands the importance of reclaiming the pro-competition, pro-innovation, pro-growth regulatory ideal.
Nearly everyone who heads into politics pays empty lip service to things like jobs and competition, but few bosses have ever been willing to really stand up to incumbent operators -- so we'll have to see just how pro competition and pro consumer Wheeler is. His blog has interestingly not been wiped despite the looming high-profile appointment, and I'm slowly reading through it to gain some insight into his character. His musings, like this one deriding the "Silicon Valley mafia," are unsurprisingly very pro carrier, making Crawford's endorsement discordant with her current book tour narrative.

Julius Genachowski meanwhile has announced he's headed off to think tank life where he will, I assume, be noncommittally straddling an entire new field of fences with a high degree of mediocrity.

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inteller
Sociopaths always win.

join:2003-12-08
Tulsa, OK

1 recommendation

another obama promise broken

what was it he said about no lobbyists hired to government posts? Oh yeah that was before he got elected...
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"WHEN THE LAUGH TRACK STARTS THEN THE FUN STARTS!"
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

1 recommendation

Same as the old

The big issue is that they keep bringing in industry people. We dont need industry people regulating the industry to help protect consumers.

We need people with a history of protecting the consumer against industries. Any technical detail needed to make a decision can be learned and researched by them.
mooseracing8

join:2006-05-22
Clarksville, MI

2 recommendations

Re: Same as the old

"meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

When will the voting majority get their heads out of their behinds and quit voting for officials that continue this nonsense. We need a major overhaul.
buckweet1980

join:2011-12-31
Allen, TX

Re: Same as the old

We need term limits for congress!
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: Same as the old

Maybe you are not familiar with our political process but EVERY member of congress can have their term limited to just 1. It is we, the idiots, that keep re-electing them.

The entire system is broken though. There was a recent study published about how people are very dissatisfied with congress, yet satisfied with their representative. Why is that? Because as a whole they suck for our country and we know it, but the one we personally elected is funneling crap back to us to make us happy AND we dont want admit our stupidity in electing them.
LTE4LIFE

join:2013-02-28
get ready for data caps to get even lower.... and overage fees to double if not triple..

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYIC0eZYEtI

woody7
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join:2000-10-13
Torrance, CA

hhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm

Do we really need a former lobbyist running the FCC, come on Obama..........................
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BlooMe

Metatron2008
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united state

The jokes on you...

If you thought Obama wasn't your typical politician.
wchillman

join:2011-11-20
Gig Harbor, WA

Joke

"I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality" What a joke. Nominate Susan Crawford.
TCS

join:2013-03-26

Right...

Yes, he helped lobby for the cable companies to not have to submit to line sharing agreements like the bigger telco's... which... eliminated competition. Let's get this guy in charge!
old_wiz_60

join:2005-06-03
Bedford, MA
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the cable/wireless companies...

have plenty of influence in the government...it's not a question of Democrat vs Republican...all are open to bribes...Putting a cable/wireless industry lobbyist in as head of the FCC is a huge WIN and it makes sure the cable/wireless companies will get extremely favorable treatment from the FCC over the next few years. Consumers will be the big losers as the cable/wireless companies get much more freedom to raise rates, remove any remaining consumer protection/safeguards and do whatever else they want.. It matters not a whit whether the republicans or democrats are in power.

ARGONAUT
Have a nice day.
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New Albany, IN
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Next!

Now serving number ten..

siwanoy

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Crawford and Wheeler

I'm saddened that Crawford panicked and lost her perspective and nerve. This game is for keeps and very hard to play well.
Clever Name
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join:2005-05-06
Davenport, IA

Another paid off figure head

He'll accomplish nothing positive for broadband consumers as per usual. More reasonable prices, nah. Faster speeds, nah. Is actually a cable company shill that will be openly employed by one of them after his pointless FCC run ends, yah.
old_wiz_60

join:2005-06-03
Bedford, MA

Re: Another paid off figure head

absolutely right. Worst government money can buy.