Tom Wheeler was sworn in as the new head of the FCC yesterday, and today he began to outline what the agency may look like under his stewardship. In a post on the FCC blog, Wheeler touts networks as a fundamental driver of growth for humanity itself. “There is no doubt that today we are living history in the midst of the fourth great network revolution,” he writes, calling back to the printing press, the railroad, and the telegraph as other revolutionary examples that changed the world forever.
The difference with today’s networks, he writes, is that they are evolving and changing more rapidly than we’ve ever seen before — and the FCC will need to adapt in a similar fashion if it’s going to prove effective in its mission. Promoting competition is a vital part of that mission, Wheeler says, calling the FCC “a pro-competition agency”, but he also makes clear his definition of competition isn’t a hands-off, market-only solution. Acknowledging that “competition does not always flourish by itself,” he writes that competition “must be supported and protected if its benefits are to be enjoyed.”
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