One Last Growl for F.C.C.'s Sharp-Toothed Watchdog [telecom]

One Last Growl for F.C.C.'s Sharp-Toothed Watchdog

Tom Wheeler, who increased regulation of the cable and wireless industries, now faces tough industry opposition and a review of a media megadeal.

WASHINGTON - When President Obama picked Tom Wheeler, a former cable and wireless lobbyist, to head the Federal Communications Commission in 2013, AT&T celebrated the pick as "inspired" and the cable industry said it was "exceptional."

But after days on the job, Mr. Wheeler quashed the idea that he would look favorably on his past employers. In a meeting at the F.C.C. with the heads of telecommunications, cable and technology lobbying groups, he held up a newspaper article quoting industry executives publicly calling for weaker oversight from the regulatory agency.

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