Wheeler: Only On-Record Info Will Be Used to Vet Deal Merits

But tells Sen. Heller encouraging protected communications helps build full record
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FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says the FCC will only use information placed on the record when it renders decisions on mergers.

In a letter to Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), he assured him that the FCC agrees with the senator's admonition that "when orders that have significant impact on the industry are crafted based on information provided in secret and go unchallenged, I believe it can undermine the effectiveness of that order."

That is why Wheeler assured him that, per the Administrative Procedures Act, "[The] FCC uses only information that is placed on the record when it renders a decision on whether to allow a transaction to proceed, with or without conditions."

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On the record

Oratorically, the FCC can be a pretty dry hole. But the FCC commissioners, voting 3-2 for new deregulatory rules, were often impassioned in their rhetoric. Here are excerpts from what each commissioner had to say.