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Big changes for wireless and cable?

President Barack Obama recently named Tom Wheeler as his nominee to replace outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. Wheeler is a venture capitalist, and worked as a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries.

Obama described Wheeler as "Jim Brown of telecom, or the Bo Jackson of telecom."

Pundits wonder whether Wheeler agrees with Genachowski's belief that the dominance in the wireless market held by AT&T and Verizon Wireless is bad for innovation.

Cable and wireless companies seem pleased with Wheeler as the nominee. Skeptics target his work as a cable and wireless industry lobbyist.

Would Wheeler have been more likely to support the AT&T merger with T-Mobile? Would he support data caps? Who can say, but Ars Technica thinks Wheeler has some ideas that could bring big changes in how we use and access the Internet.

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