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May 9, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Obama’ choice for FCC chair

Tom Wheeler deserves a more thoughtful critique

I was appalled to see your editorial criticizing the nomination of Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission based on one advocate’s opinion [“Editorial: Find better FCC voice,” Opinion, May 5].

I have known Tom Wheeler for 20 years and he deserves better. During my time as chief domestic policy adviser to former Vice President Al Gore, I worked with Wheeler while he was the head of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association.

It may be hard for your advocate, Craig Aaron, to remember a time when very few people had cellphones. Wheeler started programs to provide battered women access to cellphones to call for help, a program to give teachers cellphones for professional and emergency use and a program to give neighborhood watches access to cellphones to help people police their own neighborhoods.

He also created Tech Corps to enlist retired professionals to help schools learn to use and implement computers in schools.

I have been involved with Wheeler in many such ventures over the years and find him to be a truly outstanding public servant. You owe him a better-reasoned and much deeper look at his public service based on the facts, not on knee-jerk reactions from one person who has “reviewed” his résumé.

Greg Simon, chief domestic policy adviser for former Vice President Al Gore, 1993-1997, Bethesda, Md.

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