Skip to main content

Originally published April 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM | Page modified May 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

  • Share:
  • Comments (2)
  • Print

Obama to nominate former telecom lobbyist to lead FCC

President Obama is expected to nominate Tom Wheeler, a friend and telecom industry executive, as head of the Federal Communications Commission.

The Washington Post

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
See, now I'm confused, because I thought the Huffington Post reported on 3/1312 that: ... MORE
Typical Obama crony capitalism: Contributor Occupation Date Amount Recipient ... MORE


WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to nominate Tom Wheeler, a friend and telecom-industry executive, as head of the Federal Communications Commission as early as Wednesday, three people familiar with the decision said.

Wheeler, a venture-capital investor, has served as adviser to both the White House and FCC on technology policy and industry trends.

But to the dismay of some critics, Wheeler comes with deep ties to the nation’s biggest telecom lobbying groups. He has served as head of both the wireless industry’s CTIA trade group and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

“I am skeptical that the former chief lobbyist of the wireless and cable industries will be capable of holding his former clients accountable for their ongoing shortcomings,” said Sascha Meinrath, head of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation think tank.

Wheeler sits on the board of EarthLink, and his investment firm Core Capital Partners has invested in wireless equipment and data-center technology firms.

That range of industry experience, some experts say, shows a diversity that may serve well for an agency in need of greater technological and business expertise.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

 Subscribe today!

Subscribe today!

99¢ for four weeks of unlimited digital access.



The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►