Fred Campbell

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.”

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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.”

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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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Statement On Senate Resolution To Block FCC’s Discriminatory Privacy Rules

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Washington, DC, March 23, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate resolution to block the Federal Communications Commission from imposing discriminatory privacy rules on broadband internet service providers:

“The resolution enforces the enduring principle of equality in law—that the government must not impose rules that favor one class over another who is similarly situated. The FCC rules flouted this principle by singling out ISPs despite overwhelming evidence that other types of companies are similarly situated with respect to their ability to collect consumer data online.

Government coercion based on one’s membership in a particular class is the most corrupting of all, because it creates a government-sponsored privilege for the unregulated that cannot be explained by reference to first principles. When such regulation is accepted as legitimate, even for the best of pragmatic reasons, it corrodes the principles of justice that are necessary to support a free society. Left unchecked, discriminatory regulation will rust away those principles, and free society will fall.”

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Comments in Support of Petitions for Reconsideration

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Tech Knowledge filed the following comments in support of the petitions for reconsideration of the FCC’s broadband privacy rules (WC Docket No. 16-106).

Comments in Support of Petitions for Reconsideration

These comments illustrate the following points:

  1. Google’s decision to combine its users’ personally-identifiable information with the vast browsing data of its advertising subsidiary, DoubleClick, which accesses consumer data on 75.3% of all websites that use an ad server — a decision Google made after the submission of edge-provider data on which the FCC relied — renders the FCC’s finding inaccurate with respect to the percentage of web information Google can access.
  2. The FCC’s findings regarding encryption failed to consider consumers’ use of encrypted virtual private networks (VPNs) that are available at low cost and even for free. At a minimum, the FCC must explain why it’s necessary to impose unique privacy rules on ISPs when a solution is already widely-available in the marketplace at little or no cost.
  3. The FCC’s failure to consider the fact that its factual findings regarding edge providers directly contradict the factual findings made by the FTC — the federal agency who is the nation’s expert on edge provider regulation — constitutes arbitrary agency action as a matter of law.
  4. The FCC’s failure to consider arguments regarding the impact of its rules on competition among ISPs and edge providers in the online advertising and big data markets constitutes arbitrary agency action as a matter of law.
  5. Privacy is a personal right, and it’s reasonable for consumers to assume the law will protect their person from one network to another — but the FCC’s rules do not provide such protection.
  6. There is no legal barrier whatsoever to the FCC treating section 222 of the Communications Act as if it were coextensive with the FTC’s approach to privacy.

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Statement On FCC Action to Protect Consumers’ Online Privacy

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Washington, DC, March 1, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding news that the Federal Communications Commission has taken action to provide consistent protection for American’s online privacy:

“I’m pleased to see that the FCC and FTC have pledged to work together on harmonizing the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband providers with the FTC’s standards for other online companies. Consumers will be best served by a consistent and easily understandable set of standards. Consumers’ privacy shouldn’t depend on which agency is charged with protecting it or the identity of the company that serves them. Consumers and internet companies alike deserve equal protection under the law.”

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Statement On FCC’s Partial Stay of Broadband ‘Privacy’ Rules

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Washington, DC, February 24, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding news that Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai will stay the agency’s broadband privacy rules to the extent they are inconsistent with the economy-wide privacy rules enforced by the Federal Trade Commission:

“This is a critical first step in protecting consumer privacy online while promoting internet competition. The existing FCC rules are an unjust deception that must be stopped now, before the damage to consumer privacy and competition is already done.

Staying only the rules that are inconsistent with the FTC’s privacy framework doesn’t mean that there will be no enforcement mechanism in place. It only means that broadband ISPs will be subject to the same rules that apply to every other company in the United States. That’s the type of fairness that justice in this country has always required. There simply is no pro-consumer justification for the previous FCC’s decision to take a discriminatory and anticompetitive approach to this issue while dismissing the judgment of the FTC.”

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Statement On Democratic Senators’ Press Conference Supporting the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

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Washington, DC, February 7, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding today’s press conference in which Democratic senators campaigned for the Federal Communications Commission’s open internet regulations:

“Obama’s FCC didn’t settle the issue of internet regulation. The FCC opposed bright-line net neutrality rules during the Bush Administration, adopted them during the Obama Administration, and is expected to change course again.

Without new Congressional legislation, the FCC’s net neutrality rules will keep swinging like a pendulum with every presidential election. A lasting approach to net neutrality must come from the democratic process in Congress, not executive fiat.”

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Statement on Petition to Stay FCC Privacy Rules

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Washington, DC, January 30, 2017 – Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, issued the following statement regarding a petition to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy restrictions that was filed by a group of internet associations.

“The previous FCC’s decision to adopt a discriminatory approach to broadband privacy was driven by its desire to protect particular industry players, not consumers. The agency’s biased rules inhibit the ability of ISPs to compete with edge providers in the internet data market without providing any meaningful privacy protection.

If the rules were stayed, ISPs would abide by the same privacy protections as all other companies under the Federal Trade Commission’s established legal framework, which protects consumer privacy while promoting competition in the data market. Consistent privacy rules and additional competition would be a win-win for broadband consumers.”

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