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Competing views on net neutrality, but all roads lead to litigation

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“Instead, Campbell said unfettered competition would provide the same protection, explaining that without the Open Internet Order of 2015, Alphabet Inc.’s Google Fiber and other new entrants would have had more incentive to invest in broadband. ‘By its very nature, net neutrality rules discourage investment in competitive networks. Why should you invest when you can just ride on someone else’s network at no cost?’ Campbell said in an interview.

He added, ‘I think everyone agrees blocking internet content is not a great idea. It’s more a question of how you police it and what are the long-term implications of those choices.’ Under Campbell’s model, incumbents like AT&T Inc. and Comcast could not block or throttle without risking losing subscribers to new competitors.”

Path forward on net neutrality complicated by courts, Congress

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“‘It is going to be insanely complicated,’ Fred Campbell, director of the free-market think tank Tech Knowledge and the former head of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC, said in an interview, noting that any efforts to overturn the order will first face intense public scrutiny and then be challenged in court.

That said, Campbell does see ‘options for overturning the Title II approach that I believe would survive court scrutiny.’ In particular, he would like to see Pai undo the classification of broadband as a Title II telecommunications service while still pursuing deliberate and surgical enforcement of net neutrality.”

What the World Wide Web of the 1990s can teach us about Internet policy today

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“It indicates the FCC will retain its authority to act when there is a market failure, public safety or consumer protection issue,’ said Fred Campbell, director of the think tank Tech Knowledge, ‘but won’t use preemptive regulation to address hypothetical concerns.’

Preemption of possible anticompetitive or anti-consumer behavior tends to lock in existing business models, Campbell said, whereas regulation that intervenes only after consumers have been harmed tends to encourage experimentation in the marketplace.”

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With Public Eyes Increasingly on Pai, FCC, Net Neutrality Seen as Lens

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“In Forbes Monday, Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell called the Times and Post criticisms ‘liberal doses of doublespeak.’ Under current law, ‘neither Ajit Pai nor any other FCC chairman can end [the net neutrality] debate unilaterally because the agency hasn’t been given any specific guidance on how to craft a solution from Congress or the courts,’ Campbell said. ‘Attacking Ajit Pai’s every move won’t change that fact one iota.'”

Meet the man who’ll dismantle net neutrality ‘with a smile’

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“‘When he was on the big screen, you could see the trees and wind whipping wildly in the midst of the hurricane,’ said Fred Campbell, the director of the free-market think tank Tech Knowledge and adviser to former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin who helped organize the show. ‘He calmly delivered his speech and acted as if it was no big deal.'”

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Markey Promises Any Net Neutrality Unraveling Will Spur More Comments Than Earlier Millions

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

Senate Democrats say they’re ready to battle Republican-led threats to net neutrality

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“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said in a statement that lawmakers have to come to some consensus to develop an agreement.

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

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