Fred Campbell

Statement On FCC Order Restoring Internet Freedom

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Washington, DC, December 14, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s order restoring internet freedom:

“Tech Knowledge applauds the FCC for repealing the Obama administration’s bureaucratic power grab over internet regulation. Our elected representatives in Congress should decide the fundamentals of how the internet is regulated, not unelected bureaucrats at the FCC. Today’s action puts that responsibility squarely on the shoulders of Congress where it belongs.”

Tech Knowledge promotes market-oriented technology policies on behalf of the public interest. Additional information about Tech Knowledge can be found on our website, techknowledge.center.

Statement On Racist Attacks On FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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Washington, DC, November 27, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding racist attacks against Ajit Pai, Chairman of the  Federal Communications Commission:

“The repeated racist attacks against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his family in their own home during the holiday weekend are horrific. The perpetrators of this villainy should be ashamed. These attacks aren’t net neutrality advocacy. They are terrorism.”

Tech Knowledge promotes market-oriented technology policies on behalf of the public interest. Additional information about Tech Knowledge can be found on our website, techknowledge.center.

Statement On FCC Plan To Undo Obama’s Net Neutrality Rules

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Washington, DC, November 21, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to undo the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules:

“Tech Knowledge welcomes the FCC’s open and transparent effort to repeal the last administration’s unconstitutional net neutrality rules. In the absence of a market failure, the constitution doesn’t permit the FCC to treat the information superhighway or any other institution of the press like a public utility. This foundational principle of our system of government must be restored.”

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Case Against AT&T-Time Warner Merger Is Weak

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Antitrust and media experts were surprised last week when the Department of Justice (DOJ) leaked its staff’s opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The surprise is summed up by Ed Lee, managing editor at Recode, who told CNBC that AT&T “has a slam dunk court case” against the Justice Department. If the agency decides to pursue staff’s recommendation, it’s likely to lose in federal court and the court of public opinion.

Most antitrust challenges involve mergers between companies that serve the same customers (“horizontal” mergers), like Walgreens’ attempt to acquire Rite Aid, because horizontal mergers eliminate a competitive choice from the marketplace. The AT&T-Time Warner deal is a “vertical” merger of companies who don’t serve the same set of customers — Time Warner creates programming to sell to distributors and AT&T distributes programming to consumers.

Challenges to vertical mergers are rare because the number of competitive choices for each set of customers remains the same. To successfully challenge this vertical merger, DOJ would need to show that the combined company would have sufficient market power to foreclose rival video distributors from accessing Time Warner content or rival programmers from accessing AT&T’s distribution network. Precedent, economic theory, and empirical evidence make it unlikely that the DOJ could prove the combined company would have sufficient market power to engage in either foreclosure strategy. Read More

TechCrunch Doesn’t Understand The Technical Difference Between The Internet And The Telephone Network

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Its ordinarily understandable when a journalist makes a technical mistake regarding network topologies. But the ordinary benefit of the doubt doesn’t apply to TechCrunch’s mistaken accusation that the FCC’s analysis of net neutralitydeliberately” misrepresents how the internet works. When a publication puts “tech” in its name, it ought to know better, especially when the issue involves the relationship between network topologies and legal definitions. Read More

Statement On Net Neutrality Vote At FCC

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Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding today’s FCC’s vote to reconsider Obama’s net neutrality rules:

“Today’s vote is the first step in returning to the light-touch regulatory approach that yielded the broadband internet. Light-touch regulation has a proven track record of protecting consumers while promoting competition and investment in broadband networks and maximizing innovation. Read More

Statement On FCC Chairman Pai’s Net Neutrality Speech

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Washington, DC, April 26, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s speech announcing his net neutrality plans:

“I applaud Chairman Pai’s decision to use an open and transparent process for reversing Obama’s decision to snatch political control over the internet using net neutrality as an excuse. It was an act of extraordinary bravery for Pai to start this process, and it will take an iron will for him to stand up to the Silicon Valley giants that seek to squash his plan. If they succeed, America will never be great again.

Today’s speech sets the stage for a David and Goliath battle between Pai and Google, the richest and most powerful corporation the world has ever known. Obama’s net neutrality rules were designed to support Google’s business interests, and Google will throw all its strength behind them.

It’s impossible to overstate the Google Goliath’s strength. Its power goes far beyond the massive amounts it spends on lobbying and its work on behalf of the Obama and Hillary Clinton political campaigns.

Google’s monopoly over internet advertising also gives it unseemly influence over the opinions of mainstream media. The thousands of newspapers, TV stations, and other media that rely on Google’s advertising network for a substantial portion of their revenue streams cannot afford to oppose Google on net neutrality.

That’s why Pai’s speech took so much courage. Both the mainstream media and the world’s richest corporations will be against him.

Americans who believe in free speech, freedom of the press, and fair competition cannot let him stand alone. Pai is internet freedom’s David. At this hour, we must stand by Pai.”

Tech Knowledge promotes market-oriented technology policies on behalf of the public interest. Additional information about Tech Knowledge can be found on our website, techknowledge.center.

Statement On Public Knowledge’s Call To Delay BDS Proceeding

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Washington, DC, April 18, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding Public Knowledge’s demand that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delay a decision in its Business Data Service (BDS) proceeding:

“Public Knowledge’s call to delay the FCC from acting is Washington hypocrisy at its worst. Just six months ago Public Knowledge ‘urged the [FCC] to proceed quickly to reform the business data service.’ Public Knowledge asked the FCC to act quickly ‘given the fact’ that the agency ‘has been aware of … conditions in the BDS market for over a decade.’ Public Knowledge’s sudden reversal is pure election politics, not data-driven analysis in the public interest.

The latest FCC data shows there is stiff competition in the vast majority of BDS markets and that competition is growing. No single BDS provider controls more than 20% market share, cable BDS services are growing 20% annually, and competitive carriers’ BDS revenue is higher than the BDS revenue of all incumbent telephone and cable providers put together. In short, Public Knowledge should stop calling ‘wolf’.”

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Statement On President Trump Signing Broadband Privacy CRA

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Washington, DC, April 4, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding President Trump signing the Congressional resolution disapproving the FCC’s broadband privacy rules:

“Overturning the Obama Administration’s discriminatory privacy rules was an essential step in protecting consumers’ privacy through fair federal rules. American’s privacy should be equally protected from all invasions regardless of the invader’s identity — a simple test the Obama FCC’s rules did not meet.

The next step in putting the nation’s privacy laws back on a sound footing is to make it clear that the Federal Trade Commission has authority over common carriers with respect to privacy. The FCC’s privacy jurisdiction is the relic of a bygone age that has no place in a modern regulatory scheme.”

Tech Knowledge promotes market-oriented technology policies on behalf of the public interest. Additional information about Tech Knowledge can be found on our website, techknowledge.center.

Statement On April ‘Infrastructure Month’ At FCC

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Washington, DC, March 30, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement of proposals to encourage infrastructure deployment, which will be considered at next month’s FCC meeting:

“I’m pleased that Chairman Pai is moving so quickly to facilitate more public and private investment in next generation broadband infrastructure. His plan to lower utility pole costs and reduce red tape that’s holding up new networks will pave the way for faster broadband and 5G wireless deployments.

I also applaud the FCC’s plan to relax regulation for business data services where there is competition and preserve it where competition is lacking. That same competition-based approach to FCC regulation has served the public interest well for decades by encouraging investment while preventing anti-competitive practices and price increases, and I’m confident it will keep on serving the public interest under Chairman Pai’s watch.”

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