Tom Wheeler Accuses Republicans in Congress of Trying to Cripple FCC
If it benefits the general public in any way, the GOP is against it.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told Republicans in Congress yesterday that their proposals to “improve” the FCC’s decision-making process would instead make it nearly impossible to get anything done.
In a hearing titled “FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency,” the House Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology subcommittee brought in Wheeler to discuss adding new requirements to the commission’s rulemaking process. It was the latest in a series of hearings that Republicans have called to chastise Wheeler for decisions opposed by Internet service providers, especially the ruling to reclassify the providers as common carriers and enforce net neutrality rules.
Republicans have proposed wiping out the new net neutrality rules and an FCC decision to boost municipal broadband, but yesterday’s hearing focused on changes to prevent future decisions that Republicans don’t like.