Following Mark Zuckerberg’s opening keynote at Mobile World Congress on Monday, Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Tom Wheeler took the stage yesterday. As Wheeler’s first public appearance at an industry event since the FCC’s landmark vote last week to enforce net neutrality, the keynote was expected to be closely followed by global counterparts, and InsidePrivacy had a front-row seat from Barcelona.
Wheeler’s conversation with Director General of the GSMA Anne Bouverot covered a range of topics, including net neutrality, spectrum auctions, and more widely, the role of regulation as it relates to investment and innovation. Of primary interest, of course, was the topic of regulation as it pertains to Open Internet rules. On this subject, Wheeler began by reframing the notion that last week’s 3-2 vote was a close one, stating, “We had 50% more votes than they did, is the way I look at it.” This year’s Mobile World Congress, therefore, was a victory lap as some have termed it — or sales pitch — allowing Wheeler to explain and defend the FCC’s new net neutrality rules.
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