Donald Trump’s choice of a replacement for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable lobbyist who has held the position for three years, has become the focus of increasing speculation in Washington.
“Among the names being floated are Ajit Pai, the current Republican FCC commissioner; David Fellows, a former CTO at Comcast and AT&T and a co-founder of Layer 3 TV, a cable company in Denver; and Jeffrey Eisenach, the Trump-appointed consultant named to the transition team, according to several FCC watchers,” The New York Post reports.
The report adds: “When asked for comment about the possible contenders, including the possibility that he might lead the federal body, Eisenach told The Post, ‘No comment. It wouldn’t be productive.’”
“Sources are unanimous … that the new FCC will be pro-business and firmly in the corner of cable companies and telecom operators,” The Post notes, adding: “During the Obama administration, there was a widely held view that the FCC was pro-Internet companies.”
The report adds: “Phil Weiser, a law professor at the University of Colorado and an ex-White House adviser, is also in the mix as a possible candidate for either the top slot or a commissioner’s role, according to a Washington source.”