A phrase like, “Dare to Fail,” isn’t typically expected to fall from the mouth of a government worker. Tom Wheeler, cited that phrase – which also happens to be a chapter title from his book – Take Command!: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War – as one that would describe his approach as FCC Chairman. Given his background as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, wireless and cable trade association leader and historian/author, Wheeler brings a broad and deep perspective to his relatively new role as the chief U.S. telecommunications regulator.
In his one-on-one interview with ACA’s Matt Polka, Wheeler exuded a sense of urgency to move the FCC along so that it catches up both from a regulatory and process standpoint with rapidly evolving technology and business models, while maintaining the Network Compact with consumers. Wheeler was a busy guy yesterday, as, in addition to appearing at the ACA, he authored a blog post that outlines the theme of the upcoming April 23rd, open commission meeting, which will include new ways of looking at spectrum and Connect America Funding.
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