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President Obama To Nominate Cable and Wireless Lobbyist To Head FCC 304

Posted by Soulskill
from the break-out-the-tinfoil-hats dept.
symbolset writes "The Wall Street Journal and others are reporting that longtime telecomm lobbyist Tom Wheeler will be nominated to head the Federal Communications Commission. According to the LA Times: 'Wheeler is a former president of the National Cable Television Assn. and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Assn. Despite his close ties to industries he will soon regulate, some media watchdogs are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. "As someone who has known Tom for years, I believe that he will be an independent, proactive chairman," said Gigi B. Sohn, president and chief executive of Public Knowledge, adding that she has "no doubt that Tom will have an open door and an open mind, and that ultimately his decisions will be based on what he genuinely believes is best for the public interest, not any particular industry."'"
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President Obama To Nominate Cable and Wireless Lobbyist To Head FCC

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  • More of the same... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by superdave80 (1226592) on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @05:05PM (#43594883)
    Good thing we didn't elect that mean ol' corporate guy, Romney, eh? Keep electing Democrats hoping that they will be different than Republicans, and don't you DARE 'waste' your vote on anything other than an (R) or a (D)!
  • by symbolset (646467) * on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @05:10PM (#43594951) Journal

    Neil Macbride [justice.gov], former Business Software Alliance general counsel and vice president was appointed US Attorney shortly after President Obama's first inauguration - probably at the behest of his former boss Vice President Joe Biden. Since then he has been a tireless bulldog as the US Government's enforcement arm of the MPAA and RIAA - notably in the case of Kim Dotcom's Megaupload [slashdot.org] in New Zealand, which is now bordering on an international incident.

    Darned right it doesn't pass the sniff test.

  • by symbolset (646467) * on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @05:12PM (#43594965) Journal
    No doubt he can be counted upon to be reasonable with this startup that's challenging his former employers.
  • Re:Third parties (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @06:09PM (#43595539)

    Is it "pro human" to let someone die of an easily-treatable health condition just because they previously depleted their savings and can't work while disabled?

  • Re:Bring back Teddy (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @10:32PM (#43597277)
    He made mistakes in his youth. Everybody does. His selflessness was damn clear in the way he conducted himself commanding the Continental Army. Throughout the early years of the war he was undersupplied and outgunned, suffered defeat after defeat, wintered in brutal conditions, and yet stood firm with his men through every grueling trial year after year at the constant risk of his own life. It was this record that enabled him to bring the entire Newburgh Conspiracy to an end with one sentence and move an entire room full of bitter military veterans to tears.

    He was as human as any, but his near-saint status is not unearned, and those would claim it was are likely oblivious to what he really did with his life.

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