FCC's Wheeler Evokes 'Vast Wasteland' Analogy On Broadband Competition

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler essentially branded the broadband competition landscape a vast wasteland, evoking an earlier FCC chairman's iconic dressing down of the broadcast industry over its programming.

Wheeler was addressing Wednesday's opening session at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's INTX show in Chicago Wednesday (May 6). And while he talked about regularizing pole attachment rates, something NCTA has been seeking, and praised the industry as the leading broadband association among broadband associations and for its network buildouts and programming prowess, pins could be heard audibly dropping as he signaled that Title II was going to be the law of the land of that competitive wasteland. There was polite applause at the beginning and the end, sandwiched between a stunned silence.

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