FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Makes the Call, Takes the Flak
Agency Chief's Unapologetic Style Will Be Put to the Test on 'Net Neutrality' Rule
By GAUTHAM NAGESH CONNECT April 24, 2014
Even on the powerful eighth floor of the Federal Communications Commission, almost no one on Wednesday had previewed Chairman Tom Wheeler's new proposal to regulate how broadband providers manage their networks.
It wasn't an unusual event, say people who know and work with the chairman, a nearly 40-year veteran of telecom policy, much of it as an industry lobbyist.
Mr. Wheeler has been in the job less than six months but his mode of operation is already clear: He often unilaterally stakes out positions on issues facing the agency, like the Internet rules, even when they are sure to be unpopular with large swaths of industry.