Excerpts from comments made by Scott Wallsten in his Technology Policy Institute blog. The posting, dated prior to Thursday’s Commission vote on the set-top box issue, noted that the share of split votes at the agency during Chairman Tom Wheeler’s tenure is the highest of any chairman dating back to Reed Hunt in 1994.

“No longer do politicians reach across party lines to reach compromise with their ideological opposites. One might expect our expert, independent agencies to buck that trend. Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, at least, seems to be following Congress down the partisan divide.”