It looks like Tom Wheeler isn’t straying too far from mobile following his stint as Chairman of the FCC.
Low power wide area networking company Actility on Thursday announced Wheeler has joined its Board to help steer toward the Web 3.0 future.
According to Wheeler, Web 3.0 is the “orchestration of information drawn from a Web in which everything is intelligent and online.” And, of course, the Internet of Things will be a big element of the Web 3.0 architecture.
“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key manifestation of Web 3.0,” Wheeler commented. “But we need to think bigger that some of our current IoT examples. Web 3.0 is about connecting intelligence in all forms – data, ideas, apps, and ultimately people. That’s why I’m really excited to be able to work with Actility, with its leadership in connecting things, people and companies with intelligence, and its pioneering commitment to enabling and delivering the networks that will underlie the industrial transformation that Web 3.0 will bring.”
Before joining Actility, Wheeler served as the 31st Chairman of the FCC after being appointed by President Barack Obama in November 2013. He departed the FCC in January as new President Donald Trump was sworn in, and was replaced by Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai as Chairman.
But Wheeler is no stranger to the private sector. Prior to his time at the FCC, Wheeler held positions as President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).
“We’re delighted that Tom has joined Actility,” the company’s CEO Mike Mulica said. “His insight and vision for the future resonate powerfully with Actility’s mission of using low power wide area wireless networks at the edge of the global internet to connect things, pull information, push specific instructions, and orchestrate information flows between devices and intelligent applications in a very cost effective and flexible way. I believe that with Tom’s support, we’ll be able to accelerate the growth of Actility to deliver on the promise of a revolution in industrial productivity and services.”