FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will address NAB attendees for the first time in his new role.
The chairman will provide the “FCC Keynote” at the upcoming 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The address, at 9 a.m. on April 8, is expected to provide insight into Wheeler’s views about broadcasting and his expectations about ongoing and upcoming regulatory issues.
“Broadcasting has a lot at stake when it comes to actions taken by the FCC,” said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. “We look forward to hearing from Chairman Wheeler about his views on spectrum auctions, ownership regulation and any number of issues shaping our industry.”
Wheeler has three decades of experience in telecommunications. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering cable, wireless and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, according to NAB.
Prior to joining the FCC, Wheeler was managing director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol-based companies. He was president and CEO of Shiloh Group, LLC, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services. Wheeler was president and chief executive officer of the National Cable Television Association from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA, Wheeler was CEO of several high tech companies, including one that offered high-speed delivery of data to home computers and another that offered digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004, Wheeler was president and chief executive officer of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association.