Tom Wheeler is a businessman, author, and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He led the FCC efforts that resulted in the adoption of net neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity, among other policies. His chairmanship has been described as, “the most productive Commission in the history of the agency.” From 1979 to 1984, he was president and CEO of the National Cable Television Association. He is currently a fellow at the Brookings Institution and Harvard Kennedy School.
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“We're talking about - is the Internet, which is the most powerful and pervasive platform in the history of the planet - is it going to be open to all comers, or is it going to be a toll road that the consumer has to pay to get special services or that service providers have to pay to be able to reach the consumer?”
“The Trump FCC’s proposal to eliminate the over-two-year-old Open Internet Rule is a shameful sham and sellout.”
“It is a classic example of regulatory capture, where the regulatory agency bends to the wishes of those they are supposed to oversee.”
“Wheeler won over the public interest community and infuriated his former clients in the cable and wireless industries by successfully spearheading the most pro-consumer telecom policy reforms in a generation, including the agency's landmark policy protecting net neutrality, and agency rules protecting consumers from broadband industry privacy abuses.”
On the 2015 net neutrality protections Tom Wheeler passed, he argues: “The facts speak for themselves. Since the Open Internet rule was put in place, broadband investment is up, fiber connections are up, usage of broadband is up, investment in companies that use broadband is up, and revenues in the broadband providers are up, because people are using it more.”
Tom Wheeler and Nick Gillespie debate net neutrality.
Tom Wheeler criticizes Ajit Pai’s announcement to roll back net neutrality regulations.
Before leaving his position as FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler states, “The open internet is currently the law of the land.”