FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says the White House did not give him "secret instructions" to reclassify Internet access under Title II, and that he felt no obligation to follow the President's lead.
But Wheeler says that, "or course" the President's statement had an impact on the decision — it prompted more public input into the collective record, which Wheeler took into account in the "evolution" of his position. Then, there was the fact that the capital markets did not tank on the President's announcement.
That is according to his written testimony for a hearing today in the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee's on the commission's relationship with the White House in the run-up to the Feb. 26 vote on Title II. The President last fall came out strongly and publicly for Title II and the chairman appeared to follow that lead.