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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced his intention to leave the Federal Communications Commission on January 20th 2017 – effectively coinciding with President-elect Trump’s inauguration. Wheeler, an appointee of President Obama, has been at the helm of the agency for more than three years.
In announcing his decision, Wheeler said that serving as Chairman during a period of historic technological change had been the greatest honour of his professional life. “I am deeply grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity. 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,” he stated.