Though Mr. Wheeler’s proposal is not directly related to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, those familiar with the F.C.C. say it signals a more vigorous approach to protecting customers, which could also affect thinking on the deal.
“What the F.C.C. is now apparently going to adopt signals a much harder line on their view of the state of competition in the broadband market,” Mr. Werbach said. “If their view is that the market is not working as it is right now, it’s less likely that they’re going to feel that a combination of two of the largest players is going to be in the public interest.”