FCC's Wheeler Makes Impassioned Plea for Title II

Says it is crucial to keep common carrier regs; Wheeler to join Aspen Institute
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WASHINGTON—As the Obama administration winds down, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made his final speech in that position at the Aspen Institute in Washington. Wheeler used the opportunity to make a plea for retaining the FCC's Open Internet rules and reclassification of ISPs as common carriers, something that the new Republican Congress and President-Elect Donald Trump are believed to be against. Wheeler made the argument that Title II has proven to not be a hindrance to companies, in fact opening many doors for them, as well as a necessary element for the next-generation ATSC 3.0 standard.

It is time to keep moving forward, Wheeler concluded. "This is not the time to retreat and take things away."

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