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Democratic senators push to save net neutrality rules under Trump

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“Fred Campbell, director of free-market think tank Tech Knowledge, called on Congress to pass legislation to iron out net neutrality policy. Without congressional action, the FCC can change its mind about net neutrality rules every time there’s a change in party control, he said.

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

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Enforcement Regime, Including Receiver Rules, Seen Needed for 5G Future

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“As 5G gets deployed, one thing regulators have to resolve is whether they will settle on a particular model — like the current system of licensed and unlicensed spectrum and a hybrid universe created by the 3.5 GHz rules — or ‘a little this, a little that experimentation,’ said Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell. He said the FCC needs to address the split in its spectrum allocation service rules, with users of licensed spectrum having stricter regulation and requirements than users of unlicensed — a dichotomy he called ‘nonsensical.'”

Strickling Calls For Receiver Standards, Details On Spectrum Use

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“During a panel discussion after Mr. Strickling’s remarks, Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, suggested that a value could be placed on spectrum. ‘Government does that on a routine basis in virtually all areas not involving spectrum,’ he said, citing real property and building leases.”

FCC Said Closing In On Order Extending Transparency Exemption, Though Disagreements Remain

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“‘Even ardent net neutrality supporters should have no trouble agreeing to an exemption set at 250,000,’ Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, told us. ‘It’s hard to imagine how a few million U.S. subscribers could have a substantial impact on the potential for innovation by venture-backed internet startups whose potential market is the entire world’s connected population. The notion appears absurd on its face.'”

AT&T-Time Warner Merger: 4 Obstacles Faced as a Battle for Trump’s Blessing Begins

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“The deal has little to do with the service, notes former FCC official Fred Campbell, now a director at Tech Knowledge, but net neutrality advocates will object. He says: ‘If you’re opposed to the merger and the facts and laws aren’t on your side, you look for a popular hook. With zero rating, you’ve got some built-in noisemaking.'”

AT&T on Deck to Defend Time Warner Deal, Amid Concerns From PK, Cinemoi, Klobuchar

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“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell defended DirecTV Now ahead of the hearing, expecting the topic may arise there. ‘What’s not to like about free data and competitive choices?’ Campbell said in a blog post for The Hill. ‘Nothing, if you are a consumer. DirecTV Now’s cap-free video streams are a boon for consumers ‘from a cost point of view’ and offer new competitive options at attractive prices.'”

AT&T’s DirecTV Now Plan Isn’t Highly Rated by FCC

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“‘The agency’s letter acknowledges that AT&T offers the same payment terms to all companies that want to take advantage of free data services,’ blogged Fred Campbell of TechKnowledge after the letter became public. ‘AT&T doesn’t treat DirecTV any differently than it treats Netflix, Hulu or any other video streaming provider.'”

FCC Adopts Privacy Rules: Will Facebook, Google Gain Vs. ISPs?

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“The FCC’s privacy rules will ‘harm the ability of ISPs to compete in the markets for online advertising and Big Data and will tend to cement the existing dominance of Silicon Valley’s largest firms in those markets,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, in a statement.”