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Wheeler a Centrist on Net Neutrality, Expert Says

November 25, 2014 – By Robert W. Welkos – When President Obama recently urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt tough net neutrality rules, some saw it as a blunt message to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop sitting on the fence over one of the most controversial issues to reach the regulatory agency in years.
Specifically, Obama proposed that the Internet be regulated as a Title II telecommunications service under the Communications Act, preventing broadband providers from charging for “fast lanes” to the Internet but which critics say would destroy innovation and freedom.
But Wheeler, a former cable and telecommunications industry lobbyist, was then quoted as telling a meeting of major web providers, “What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business. What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby.” That stance, the Washington Post noted, seemingly put him at odds with Obama.

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Robert W. Welkos

Robert W. Welkos

Robert Welkos began reporting for CTFN in August of 2014. He covers utility, cable, and banking deals, among other matters and has proven adept at picking apart state regulatory processes and regulatory reviews with public interest hurdles. Robert spent 20 years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering the legal beat among other matters, and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the newspaper’s Metro staff. He has reported on numerous state and federal trials and served as the Times’ entertainment industry legal affairs writer covering Hollywood and the law. Robert was also a correspondent for the Associated Press.


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