Federal Communications chairman Tom Wheeler spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday, and revealed his short-term plan to fight lawsuits over net neutraliy: "Not to lose."
Yup, that's exactly what a confident Wheeler said when asked about how the agency is approaching the latest round of lawsuits, according to video of the interview.
Of course, that wasn't all he said. In a twenty-minute conversation, Wheeler said he thinks the FCC has resolved the legal issues that years ago made it possible for Verizon to successfully sue the agency over its previous net neutrality regulations. In 2014, he said, the problem was that opponents were able to argue that the agency was regulating Internet providers as utilities known as "Title II carriers" without spelling out in the law its authority to do so. The latest rules make that distinction crystal clear, he said.
"We solved that; that issue's gone," he said. "I feel pretty confident on the outcome of the court cases." The net neutrality rules basically bar high-speed Internet providers from interfering with the Web content that goes through their pipes or charging Web companies for better access to consumers.
Wheeler also weighed in on Congressional bills proposed to change the way the FCC runs. Wheeler was on the Hill for series of hearings last week, including one on "Improving Commission Transparency" that discussed a bill that would compel the commission to add extra steps into its rulemaking process.
Wheeler said Monday that he has "serious concerns that these proposals which are described as 'transparency'" actually are meant to delay the FCC's decision-making process. "The public interest is served by getting to decisions," he said.
The chairman also briefly discussed the upcoming presidential race. When asked if he would be willing to serve in his position for the next president, he responded, "She hasn't asked me yet."
Given that Wheeler is a Democrat, chances are he wasn't talking about Carly Fiorina.
TechCrunch has posted the full interview. Check it out here: