FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he will step down in January, when President Barack Obama’s term ends. An Obama appointee, Wheeler has headed the Commission for 3 years.
“Sitting in this chair has been the greatest privilege of my professional career,” Wheeler said on December 15, during his final FCC monthly open meeting. “I’m grateful to President Obama for the opportunity to serve and for the confidence he placed in me. I am especially thankful to the talented Commission staff for their service and sacrifice during my tenure. Their achievements have contributed to a thriving communications sector, where robust investment and world-leading innovation continue to drive our economy and meaningful improvements in the lives of the American people. It has been a privilege to work with my fellow Commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.”