The Federal Communication Commission's inspector general will probe whether the White House improperly interfered with the agency as it developed net neutrality rules for the Internet.
News of the investigation came from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who grilled FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at a Tuesday hearing about his relationship with the White House.
Wheeler, in his testimony, insisted there had been no interference from administration officials about the rules he crafted last month, which call for regulating the Internet like a public utility. But Wheeler acknowledged he gave consideration to Obama, who pushed for the new regulations in a public address last year.
"There were no secret instructions from the White House," Wheeler told the panel.