Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he wasn't influenced by politics when deciding to impose tough new restrictions on Internet service.
Wheeler is responding to criticism from congressional Republicans who say President Barack Obama unfairly inserted himself into the process led by an independent regulator.
Wheeler told a House committee on Tuesday in a prepared statement that he did notice that the markets didn't react much last fall when Obama called for Internet service to be regulated more heavily. He said that data point gave him some assurance that subjecting Internet service to stricter regulations probably wouldn't hurt the cable and wireless industry.
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