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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler leads the agency. For those interested in is background, before joining the FCC, he was a cable industry lobbyist:

"You have to think about what I was lobbying for. The cable industry at that point in time was fighting being put out of business by this agency at the request of the broadcasters," Wheeler said. "Broadcasters wanted to shut down the cable companies. They didn't want to give them access to programming because they didn’t want the content in the market, the competition in the market. And so I joined a crusade—we called it ‘plant a flower in the vast wasteland’—to have choice for Americans in what they see on television."

He added this:

"My history has always been working with the insurgent, not the incumbent... I have always been the guy coming up the side of the hill, rather than the guy on the top of the hill pushing boulders down to stop them."

It's worth highlighting that the tables have turned: the cable, wireless, and broadband (Internet) companies are now the incumbents. Source:

How a former lobbyist became the broadband industry’s worst nightmare


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