Tom Wheeler, the White House nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission, during a Senate hearing on Tuesday voiced support for speeding up the incentive spectrum auctions, touted his telecom experience and endorsed the private-market retransmission-consent system, with some caveats. Wheeler said he believes in the "evolutionary market" of retrans becoming a new revenue source for broadcasters, but he added that the FCC "needs to be attuned to ... when consumers are held hostage over corporate disputes."

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