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Pushing net neutrality out to the edge of the internet

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“Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and the current director of the free-market think tank Tech Knowledge, said the primary argument for keeping the net neutrality rules is because internet service providers such as Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. have an economic incentive to act as gatekeepers on the web. But according to Campbell, it is not just network operators that can serve as gatekeepers; rather, new media giants like Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc., he said, have this same power.”

Tech goes from White House to doghouse in Trump’s Washington

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“‘The mood in Washington, at least on the right side of the aisle, is more critical of companies like Google and Amazon,’ said Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and director of Tech Knowledge, which promotes market-based policies.”  (Also published in the Chicago Daily Herald)

White House Silicon Valley Out Of Favor Tech Companies Lose President’s Ear

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“‘The mood in Washington, at least on the right side of the aisle, is more critical of companies like Google and Amazon,’ said Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and director of Tech Knowledge, which promotes market-based policies.”

FCC Extends Deadline for Net Neutrality Replies as Carr, Rosenworcel Take Oath of Office

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“The FCC isn’t equipped to investigate the legitimacy of each of the millions of net neutrality comments, and trying to do so would waste taxpayer resources, Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell wrote in a Forbes opinion piece Friday. Agencies don’t have to respond to all comments or analyze each issue raised because doing so would invite widespread special interest abuse of the public comment process, he said.”

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.”