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FCC Chairman May Diss Obama On Net Neutrality

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Nov 12, 2014, 8:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told industry insiders that he'll likely take a different approach to net neutrality than the one proposed by President Obama, reports the Washington Post. Obama on Monday surprised the industry by weighing in on the net neutrality debate. The President asked for a free and open internet regulated as a utility. Speaking to executives from Google, Yahoo and Etsy on Monday Wheeler said, "What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business. What I've got to figure out is how to split the baby." Wheeler hopes to find a middle ground that will make both consumers and businesses happy. Wheeler's official response to Obama on Monday indicated the agency would consider the President's proposal, but reminded the President that the FCC is an independent agency and not beholden to any executive orders. The Post suggests if Wheeler does in fact take a different route, it could create discord between the White House and the FCC.

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jerrid

Nov 12, 2014, 2:02 PM

Challenge is good

Sometimes we say change is good but look where it got us in 2008. Im glad the FCC challenged Obama's viewpoint because, even though he may say some good things, I suspect him of trying to control the internet. Why would a sitting president try to influence business? Because he stands to profit, at least politically. He's just trying to stay in the game and we all know Obama is a game player.
Keep your hands off our net Mr. president.
lol You are so blinded by your hatred for Obama that you can't even recognize when he's actually trying to do something good. He tries to take a stand FOR Net Neutrality, against an FCC Chairman who is in the pockets of the big networks (one which he ...
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thebriang

Nov 13, 2014, 3:29 PM

Wheeler is and always has been a sellout industry shill...

He's rich thanks to us, and what do you know, the long time lobbyist wants to find a way to "split the baby?" What kind of term is that anyway? You couldn't find a better analogy that didn't involve chopping up infants? Prolly just some subconscious honesty peeking through the lies.
So really, as was leaked earlier this year, Wheeler wants to make it so the corporations he represents Can charge for high speed pipes, and slow down traffic for others, but ultimately all the costs and new profit streams these megacorps leeches get will be passed on to the customers, once again you and me. He got rich off us, he will get richer screwing us, and when he retires from this shill position he will to right back to the evil industry that birthed...
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Zpike

Nov 12, 2014, 11:41 AM

Inept

Obama's too concerned about playing politics to actually take a look at someone before appointing them to a position. And then when they turn out to be a real let down to the American people he'll just try to distance himself and pretend he had nothing to do with it. Yet another win served up to the American people by the impervious Obama administration.
 
 
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