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FCC chair signals he won’t follow Obama’s lead on Internet rules

November 12, 2014

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.Photograph by Jim Watson — AFP/Getty Images/file

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By Helen Ragan, TIME

A top federal regulator is considering a split with President Barack Obama over a controversial Internet policy, according to a new report, in what could set up a big fight between the White House and the Federal Communications Commission.

The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources who were present, sounded a different note than Obama when addressing a room full of tech executives after the President made his statement Monday. “What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told executives from several major tech companies, including Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO). “What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby.”

Obama on Monday made his strongest statement yet in support of Net Neutrality, the principle that all content should be treated equally online. However, the FCC is an independent agency that’s not required to follow the President’s lead on policy matters.

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