FCC chief Wheeler to step down

FCC chief Wheeler to step down

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler, who passed important rules on net neutrality during his three-year tenure, will step down from the agency next month.

In a statement released Thursday, Wheeler says he will depart from the FCC effective January 20.

"Serving as FCC†Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement. "I am deeply grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity."

Wheeler was named FCC chair in 2013. One year later, he helped pass rules on net neutrality, which require Internet service providers to treat all content on the web equally.

However, those rules could be in jeopardy when President-elect Donald Trump takes office. In a tweet in 2014, Trump called the FCC's adoption of Net neutrality rules a "power grab" by President Obama.

Wheeler also attempted to push rules transforming how consumers could watch cable. The rules would have required TV service providers to create apps allowing consumers view programming without the need for a traditional set-top box.

The FCC was expected to vote on the measure in September, but it was pulled from the agenda for future consideration.



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