Obama Nominates Ex-lobbyist To Become Fcc Chief
President Obama has nominated a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries to become the next head of the Federal Communications Commission, filling the post currently held by Julius Genachowski, who has resigned. Some consumer groups reacted negatively to the appointment of Tom Wheeler to the post. The Federal Communications Commission needs a strong leader -- someone who will use this powerful position to stand up to industry giants and protect the public interest, said Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the consumer-interest group Free Press. On paper, Tom Wheeler does not appear to be that person, having headed not one but two major trade associations.