It’s official: Tom Wheeler is the nominee for the FCC chair


Credit: Core Capital

President Obama has nominated former cable and wireless lobbyist Tom Wheeler as the future chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The president also nominated Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as the acting chair for the time between Wheeler’s Senate confirmation and the departure of current Chairman Julius Genachowski in mid-May.

As we covered yesterday, Wheeler is a choice that both sides of the regulatory divide support, which is something in an arena as divisive as telecommunications regulation. The congratulations from public interest groups and industry are pouring in, and we’re setting down to compose or list of the challenges we believe Wheeler will face, including the IP transition and the upcoming incentive auction.

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