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Obama nominates Tom Wheeler as next FCC chairman

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MUMBAI: US President Barack Obama has nominated Tom Wheeler, a technology investor and former head of two major trade associations, as the next chairman of the media watchdog Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Obama announced Wheeler's nomination at the White House and joked, "Wheeler is the only member of both the cable television and the wireless industry hall of fame. So he's like the Jim Brown of telecom or the Bo Jackson of telecom".

If the US Senate approves Wheeler's nomination, he will replace outgoing chairman Julius Genachowski, who had announced in March that he would step down from his post after four years. Until the Senate vote occurs, democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn will serve as FCC interim chairwoman after Genachowski leaves in the middle of the month.

National Association of Broadcasters (Nab) president and CEO Gordon Smith said, "Nab welcomes the nomination of Tom Wheeler as chairman of the FCC. He has the experience and temperament to serve the agency with distinction, and we look forward to working with him."

Meanwhile AT&T has called Wheeler an inspired pick, saying that his high intelligence, broad experience, and in-depth knowledge of the industry may, in fact, make him one of the most qualified people ever named to run the agency.

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