Interrupted only twice by protestors before a packed room and several overflow rooms, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to proceed with establishing new net neutrality rules.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler may have just hit a snag in rushing his net neutrality proposal into the procedure pipeline at the May 15 meeting.
New FCC chairman Tom Wheeler may have stepped in it with his insistence to open up for comment a rule that would make it possible for consumers to use their cellphones in airplanes. So far the rule, which squeaked by in a 3-2 vote party-line vote Thursday afternoon during the commission's monthly meeting, has given him nothing but trouble.
Maybe because everyone in Washington already spent months chewing over Tom Wheeler's qualifications as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission—or maybe it was because Congress was on a brief recess—Congressional reaction to the Wheeler's official nomination was sparse. But hotly anticipated was a statement from Sen.
In a move that came as no surprise to anyone inside the Beltway, President Obama today nominated Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler, an ally and fundraiser for Obama, will succeed Obama law school buddy Julius Genachowski, who announced his departure last month.
President Obama is getting an earful about who he should nominate as the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission, but despite all the noise and Beltway gossip, one name keeps popping to the top: Tom Wheeler. Wheeler "appears to still have the inside track," wrote Stifel analysts Christopher King and David Kaut.
Is Federal Communications commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel making a play to become the next FCC chair? It's hard not to connect the political dots, based on a letter a majority of Senate Democrats sent President Obama recommending he select her for the job.
The first public appearance of the new federal communications commissioners was essentially a bust. Appearing in May before the Senate Commerce Committee only days after they were sworn in, the timing was premature.
The Senate confirmed two FCC nominees Monday afternoon, bringing the agency to its full membership of five.
The Federal Communications Commission will soon be at full strength with five commissioners now that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) agreed to lift the hold he put on the two nominees President Obama named last November. The soonest the Senate could vote on Republican Ajit Pai and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel would be May 7, when the chamber returns from a brief recess.