New FCC Boss: 'My Client is the American People'
Shortly after taking office, FCC boss Tom Wheeler stated in a blog post
that he's rabidly pro-competition, seemingly good news for an agency that has spent decades paying lip service to the concept but stumbling around in enforcement of that devotion.
Whether it's refusing to accurately map and publicize broadband pricing data
or failing to police the anti-competitive use of bandwidth caps
or inaccurate meters, the FCC has repeatedly proven to be an utterly hollow champion on the broadband industry's undeniably largest problem.
Enter Wheeler, who ups his rhetoric substantially in this interview with All Things D
, again insisting that he's "rabidly pro competition, while claiming his ties to industry are long enough ago that consumers have nothing to worry about:
"My client today is the American people, and I am going to be the most effective advocate they could hope for...I was (involved in) the early days of cable television when everybody was trying to squash it; I was a was champion for a diversity of voices and the competition that represented. I’m very proud of that period, but it was 30 years ago that I was in in cable, and 10 years ago that I was in wireless."
Wheeler continues to promise that all his decisions will be fueled first and foremost from the perspective of driving greater competition. That's a promise that's going to very quickly be tested if Verizon defeats the FCC in their legal challenge of network neutrality rules. Such a win would threaten the FCC's authority to regulate broadband providers, and seriously test Wheeler's intestinal fortitude.
Re: Dont forget folks, Yup, I was thinking the same too when he said "people". If he prefers say people of CEOs, Board of Directors... then we are in trouble.
More political horse-pucky from an Obama lobbyist Yea, I'm holding my breath. He is closing down openings in White Space, trying to wipe out 3.65GHz, hasn't moved one inch on opening up more bandwidth in 5GHz or 10GHz and gives money to his buddies at CenturyLink, Verizon, and AT&T to compete directly with fiber and Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPS). This is the same type of lies that Obama and the Democrats have been pushing on the IRS, Health Care, Benghazi, and I could go on. Actions speak louder than words and he has as many words as the rest of the liars who are corrupting Washington.
If you care about competition and who is going to give you a job when you are done with your tenure at the FCC Mr. Wheeler, stop auctioning off bandwidth below 1GHz, quit giving special treatment to companies that donate to the Democrats to destroy bands like 900MHz or 2.4GHz. You have demonstrated nothing to prove your statement which so far makes you the perfect politician and future hire for one of your cellular buddies. Do something positive for competition and then tell me what you have done. Obama tells us lies and then never does anything and it hasn't worked out so well for him either.
Mineral Wells, TX
Re: policy? Eventually it will bite them.., time will tell, but if history is anything to go by.. companies that always do what they do will end up getting exactly what they deserve in time