Last week, Tom Wheeler and the Federal Communications Commission got a measure of vindication.The commission has been trying for the better part of a decade to put in place rules that would guarantee net neutrality.

Last year, the agency, which Wheeler has chaired since 2013, put in place strong new rules that were immediately attacked by broadband providers, members of Congress and even two of Wheeler s colleagues on the commission who charged that the agency had overstepped its bounds and the rules were a solution in search of a problem.But on Tuesday, the same federal appeals court that had overturned the FCC s two prior efforts upheld the new net neutrality rules.

The court s ruling was not only a rejoinder to Wheeler s critics, it helped clear the way for the agency s new efforts to regulate telecommunications companies.In Palo Alto on Wednesday visiting Stanford s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Wheeler spoke with Tech Files columnist Troy Wolverton about the court decision, the FCC s agenda for the rest of the year and his legacy.Photo: Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, outside the Blue Bottle cafe in Palo Alto on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Wheeler had just gotten a virtual reality demonstration at Stanford s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

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