WASHINGTON Dec 15 Tom Wheeler, chairman of the
U.S. 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.
Wheeler could have temporarily kept the commission at 2-2
until 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.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)