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-- -- -- has until later next hour the president Obama's new pick for FCC chairman.
It's stirring controversy drawn fire from consumer groups.
But what might -- member of the FCC have to say about that well that is us here and he snagged FCC commissioner Robert sneaked out for the spot this exclusive all your sense.
Thanks -- and thanks for being with us today.
Robert McDowell first.
Tell us what you know about Tom Wheeler who -- President Obama is likely to nominate to be the FCC chairman and the 2 o'clock hour.
Well I've known Tom for several years he used to head up a trade group that represented the cable TV industry as wells and other trade group that represented the wireless industry.
And for the past two years he's been a venture capitalists so he certainly understands the capital markets and business.
He's also 67 years old so he's a grown up.
He doesn't really -- to prove anything to anybody.
I think I have a lot of hope here you know this is a political process elections do matter.
-- philosophically for a partisan perspective.
You know I probably don't share.
Viewpoints and certain things but I think -- be pretty thoughtful he's very knowledgeable and has strong leadership skills so there's hope.
Okay you have talk talk -- -- people and and they like the idea video what I look at the -- over the previous five FCC chairman easily law clerks lawyers government bread government jobs.
Where is this guy really is a business guy.
But some industry executives wonder because he was a prolific fund raiser for President Obama.
Is he going to really reflect industry.
Good economic policy -- just gonna do what President Obama wants what do you think.
Right also this -- the political process and he is being produced through a political process and he -- us to get confirmed by the senate by the way.
So certainly they're going to be -- there's going to be political pressure on him from various groups.
He had to get the endorsement from some left of center groups.
And so you have to ask -- what does that mean for the future when it comes to some of the dicier issues but the good news is is that he's at the you know end of his career he's of these 67 years old.
And this is a -- study doesn't need to prove anything to anybody right he's very strong -- it does have strong leadership characteristics.
So you know I remain hopeful but also cautious OK and and commission let's talk about some of those Dicey issues that.
This is rather divisive agenda other than to -- let's talk three tat topic net neutrality.
Spectrum auctions and harder regulations for wireless wanted to run through those if you would tell us about net neutrality.
So let a child he's basically a regulation of the Internet it's been struck down by a federal appeals court warrants -- in the FCC tried this a few years ago.
Another federal -- court so I think we'll look probably strike it down later this year but then the FCC could try to.
Regulate the Internet the way.
It did monopoly phone companies like -- ma bell monopoly under some walls -- go back to 1934 relief and back to the nineteenth century that would be.
Stocks in you know.
Cable companies and telcos and all the rest you want I -- -- that's amazing that's even a possibility of the FCC would do any shows you how an agency I'm sorry and your part of it.
But they just have a hunger to regulate their -- to grab more -- now what about the spectrum auctions I love this so the government.
Decades ago gave -- -- away to television that local TV stations and now we're going to buyback to be free for spectrum from them so that we can then resell it to wireless companies.
Yeah -- -- -- voted against all that stuff but spending FCC's authority but going forward yes so exactly that's ours is the congressional statute of a lot of congress to try to give.
TV broadcasters and a center of relinquish some of their spectrum so we can then.
License it to wireless broadband providers and -- works but there's a lot of room for error there and that's probably a couple years away before we actually see an auction -- he had some access saying don't let AT&T Verizon -- but then you take down the billions of dollars government needs to receive.
And then lastly.
Wireless two years in a row I think it is now the FCC staff came out with a finding that we can't really determine whether the wireless industry is competitive enough -- might we see AT&T we're not where I think killing each other -- -- What is going on what that this is just the bureaucracy FCC's attempt to start regulating the wireless industry is that you get him who denigrate him over.
They're trying to lay the foundation had laid out this pretext that they can now have more regulation in the space.
The wireless industry has been -- crown jewel the American economy for years and years precisely because it has been deregulated or not regulated from the beginning.
And I just think about all the innovation and investment that's going on there that's really changing lives and literally saving lives and and that's because it's been deregulated so would be a shame and a crime if they regulated more unnecessarily.
All right thank you so much commissioner Robert McDowell for being listed as extraordinary for a a -- -- FCC to come on in front run the president's nomination announcement and I love you for it thanks a lot you -- my pleasure tonight deal or.
He was so pleads spoke in its integrative view and you -- leave the FCC I don't.
Know what to do myself I'm in shock after that interview show up he spends Saturday -- -- that -- honest cancer I.
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