Again we see the close ties between industry and it’s supposed watch dogs. This is simply too close a tie to the cable lobby at a time we need fair and open controls.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Obama will nominate Tom Wheeler as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, a choice that has been anticipated for weeks. Wheeler was the top choice to replace Julius Ganachowski, who said he would step down in late March.
Wheeler’s history as a former cable and wireless lobbyist (he was the president of the National Cable Television Association and as well as the former CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association) might give some pause, although other chairpersons have had close industry ties, including Genachowski, who was an entrepreneur but also a former executive for media company head Barry Diller — an area regulated by the FCC. Wheeler is currently a managing director at D.C.-based firm Core Capital Partners.
So, rather than presend the revolving door between politics and industry doesn’t exist, we’ll point out that Wheeler has the backing of some influential people in the telecommunications regulatory environment from both sides of the aisle. From a letter to President Obama endorsing Wheeler signed by 11 former regulators and industry veterans: