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Net-Neutrality Champion Wheeler to Leave as FCC Head Jan. 20

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Key Speakers At The INTX Internet & Television Expo
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he’ll leave office Jan. 20 when Donald Trump is sworn in as U.S. president, as the agency passes into the hands of Republicans hostile to Democratic-backed regulations including the net-neutrality rule.

“Serving as FCC chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life." Wheeler said in a statement. "I am deeply grateful to the president for giving me this opportunity.”