FCC Chief Tom Wheeler to Step Down on January 20

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. A decision to impose tough new regulations on cable and wireless companies that provide Internet service to Americans wasn't influenced by politics, a top U.S. regulator told House lawmakers on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. A decision to impose tough new regulations on cable and wireless companies that provide Internet service to Americans wasn’t influenced by politics, a top U.S. regulator told House lawmakers on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler, who passed important rules on net neutrality during his three-year tenure, will step down from the agency next month.

In a statement released Thursday, Wheeler says he will depart from the FCC effective January 20.

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

Wheeler was named FCC chair in 2013. One year later, he helped pass rules on net neutrality, which require Internet service providers to treat all content on the web equally.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina

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