Obama unsurprisingly taps veteran telecom lobbyist to head the FCC

May 01, 2013
Breaking Tradition, Obama Taps Non-Lawyer to Head FCC
Posted by Jenna Greene on May 01, 2013

There’s something a bit different about Tom Wheeler, nominated today by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Communications Commission.

It’s not his work as a lobbyist or venture capitalist – rather, it’s that unlike practically every other chairman in the agency’s 79-year history, Wheeler is not a lawyer.

To be sure, Wheeler by all accounts knows the industry well, heading two major trade groups for years. As Obama put it today in remarks at the White House, “Tom is the only member of both the cable television and the wireless industry hall of fame. So he’s like the Jim Brown of telecom… Tom knows this stuff inside and out.”

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