FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifying before the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee in March 2016.

As Republicans prepare to take over the Federal Communications Commission, outgoing Chairman Tom Wheeler today defended his Democratic majority s decisions and said he hopes the FCC will continue to protect consumers under President Donald Trump.

The agenda was stripped bare after Republicans in Congress asked Wheeler to halt any controversial rulemakings until the Trump inauguration in January.

The agenda originally included votes on reduced price caps and other regulations for special access business data services, Universal Service funding to expand mobile broadband networks, wireless roaming obligations, and requirements for audio description of TV programming for blind and visually impaired people.

I hope that this doesn't mean that these issues won't be quickly addressed after the transfer of leadership of this agency.

It is unfortunate that hospitals and small businesses in search of competitive alternatives will be denied that opportunity.

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