Wheeler confirmed as FCC chair

Ohio State alumnus Tom Wheeler, a 1968 Fisher College of Business graduate, was confirmed by the Senate as chair of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday.

Wheeler said he was particularly pleased to assume his new role at what he sees as a pivotal point in communications history.

“What excites me about this new responsibility is how we are at a hinge moment of history; the Internet is the greatest communications revolution in the last 150 years,” he said. “We must all dedicate ourselves to encouraging its growth, expanding what it enables, and assuring its users’ rights are respected.”

Wheeler was nominated for the role by President Barack Obama. He most recently served on the board of directors for Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm, but has a long history in telecommunications.

Wheeler is the only person inducted into boththe Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Industry Hall of Fame. He joined Core Capital in 2005 after service as CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, and is also a past president of the National Cable Television Association. He previously served as chairman of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and chair of the FCC’s Technology Advisory Council.

In April 2011, Obama appointed Wheeler as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. He is a former chair of the Foundation for the National Archives and was appointed as a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Wheeler is a 2006 recipient of Ohio State’s Alumni Medalist award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association.