Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Senate Confirmation Hearing for Thomas Wheeler as FCC Chairman

Thomas Wheeler appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee for a confirmation hearing to be the Chairman of the FCC.

In his prepared remarks, Wheeler expressed his deep commitment to competition, saying that the FCC role must evolve to encourage and protect competition. He also spoke of the need to ensure that American values and technology are in sync, such as extending Universal Service for broadband, protecting consumers, assisting the disabled and ensuring that first responders have the communications equipment they need.

Wheeler said that if confirmed he will move expeditiously on spectrum auctions. He also vowed support for the E-Rate program for broadband in schools and libraries.

An archive of the hearing is available on C-SPAN.



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