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Web 3.0 Revolution: Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Joins Actility Board

By Ken Briodagh February 23, 2017

Actility, a provider of low power wide area networking (LPWAN), has announced that Tom Wheeler, former chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Obama Administration, has joined its Board of Directors.

Wheeler has long been an advocate for the development of Internet solutions that increase productivity, and he’s stated a belief that Web 3.0 will bring with it the ability to fully leverage information from connected IoT sensors in order to enhance business processes. He also sees monetization shifting from simple targeting of content at consumers to enhancing experience. Wheeler’s appointment is a sign that the company is determined to achieve a leading role in that Web 3.0 future, according to the announcement.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key manifestation of Web 3.0,” said Wheeler. “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. Web 3.0 is the orchestration of information drawn from a Web in which everything is intelligent and online. That orchestration is itself a new product and is at the heart of what Actility does.”

Tom Wheeler was the 31st Chairman of the FCC, appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and for many years in the cable and wireless industry, holding positions including President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). In recognition of his work in promoting the wireless industry, Wheeler was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2009, as a result of his work in promoting the growth and prosperity of the cable television industry and its stakeholders, he was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. He is the only member of both halls of fame.

“We’re delighted that Tom has joined Actility,” said Mike Mulica, CEO, Actility. “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.”




Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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