Obama expected to tap top ex-lobbyist to lead FCC

Wheeler at the wheel?

America's airwaves are about to get a new watchman, or at least one nominated, according to a new report out today.

The Wall Street Journal has it on the authority of two sources that President Obama will name Tom Wheeler, a former top lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries, as soon as tomorrow.

Tom Wheeler

Wheeler (pictured left) is a venture capitalist and according to his not-recently-updated blog www.mobilmusings.net, he's founded a number of companies and held titular positions at a few industry-related associations.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is leaving the post, and before a new chair is appointed, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will act in an interim role.

More blips!

Hear that? That's the call of more blips coming over the airwaves. Might want to tune in.



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