April 9, 2013Dear Mr. President:We know how strongly you feel about the importance of an open and competitivetelecommunications market, the importance of world-class high-speed Internet access to all Americans,and the need for the country to maintain a strong, innovative, and secure infrastructure for public safetyand national security.That is why we are writing to support your consideration of Tom Wheeler to be Chairman of theFederal Communications Commission.We know Tom well. We have seen up close his strength of will. He will have an open mind andan intelligent take on the challenges that will confront the new Chairman.Tom has had an impressive career in the telecommunications and high-tech field that makeshim eminently qualified for this position. He has consistently fought on the side of increasingcompetition, including representing the cable television and wireless industries in their early years whenthey were the insurgents challenging the established players. He has started or helped to start multiplenew, high-tech companies that created quality American jobs while pushing the frontiers of technological innovation. He understands the importance of reclaiming the pro-competition, pro-innovation, pro-growth regulatory ideal.You will recall that during the 2008 Transition Tom and his team briefed you on the problemsyou had inherited in connection with the nation's transition to digital television. Based on thatrecommendation, you urged Congress to briefly delay the implementation of the conversion andinstructed that the time be used to put corrective solutions in place. That delay and the programs itpermitted to be implemented meant that the conversion ultimately went ahead smoothly. We areconfident that the focus and knowledge of spectrum issues that Tom brought to that undertaking willserve the Commission well once again in the execution of the upcoming auction of broadcast spectrum.Tom is also a person who has applied his expertise to the challenges of a civil society. His serviceon the Public Broadcasting Service
Board, his chairmanship of the UN Foundation’s Mobile Health
Alliance (aimed at bringing the benefits of mobile-enabled health to citizens of developing countries),the programs he began in the wireless industry for connecting schools, protecting neighborhoods anddomestic violence victims, all testify that he believes that technology and business can improve thecommon good.Finally, Mr. President, Tom Wheeler knows the FCC. He supported and was closely involved withthe two pieces of legislation that gave the agency its present authority over both cable and wireless. He
is presently the Chairman of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council, which advises the agency on
future policy issues as well as how the agency can support innovation, investment, and job creation inthe short term. He would be able to hit the ground running.