He championed “net neutrality,” which Senator Ted Cruz memorably nicknamed “the Obamacare of the internet.”
As the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler wielded power over American broadcasting and the web — areas of great concern for conservatives who rely on talk radio and the internet to get news free of mainstream media spin.
Wheeler, a Democrat, has announced that he will officially step down as the Commission Chairman on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, ushering in a new era for this vital sector.
The Hill reports:
“Wheeler’s tenure was marked by controversy in what was once a relatively sleepy agency. The FCC has become ground zero for large tech debates on high-profile items like regulation regarding cable set top boxes and net neutrality — rules that Donald Trump’s incoming administration is expected to reverse.”
At Right Wing News, Sierra Marlee adds:
Aside from getting rid of a Democrat, Wheeler’s resignation also gives the FCC a 2-1 Republican majority, no doubt a bonus for Trump.
While Trump didn’t say anything specific about net neutrality and related issues on the campaign trail, it’s reasonable to expect that Wheeler’s departure will be accompanied by some freedom-friendly changes at the FCC.
Source: Right Wing News