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US FCC chairman to step down, handing GOP majority

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 22:50

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Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, said Thursday he plans to step down on Jan 20, a move that is expected to hand Republicans a 2-1 majority on the panel when Donald Trump takes office as president.

[WASHINGTON] Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, said Thursday he plans to step down on Jan 20, a move that is expected to hand Republicans a 2-1 majority on the panel when Donald Trump takes office as president.

Mr Wheeler could have temporarily kept the commission at 2-2 until Mr Trump named a new member who needs to be confirmed by the Senate.

Last week, two Republican FCC commissioners said the Trump administration should quickly reverse many significant policies set by the telecommunications and cable regulatory body under Democratic President Barack Obama.

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