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FCC’s Next Republican Seen Likely to Be a Female Economist

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“‘Lack of economic analysis over the last eight years wasn’t for want of economists at the FCC,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘It was the result of Democratic Party leadership that no longer supports the validity of economic theory or the ability of competitive market forces to protect consumers from economic harm.'”

Trump Draws Praise, Criticism For Signing CRA Privacy Resolution

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“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said, ‘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.'”

FCC Expected to Move Quickly on ISP Privacy, Absent Action by Congress

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“‘Given that the stay order only addressed the rules set to take effect in March, I expect [Pai] will wait to see whether Congress acts,’ predicted Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘It’s possible that Congress will decide to move quickly on a resolution of disapproval. If not, Pai would still have time to act before the remaining rules go into effect, because time expires for the disapproval process in May.'”

With Hiring Freeze Issue for Pai, Degani Emerging as Key Staffer

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“‘There is always some disquiet among career staff when a leadership change occurs,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘If a chairman spends little time on the day-to-day operations of the agency, the bureaus will fill the leadership void, which risks infighting among the staff over policies and turf. The agency tends to be more productive if a chairman’s management style is more hands-on, though this approach risks piquing staff who feel their importance has been curtailed.'”

Release of Draft FCC Items Mostly Praised But Also Raising Some Concerns

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“Pai deserves whatever accolades he gets, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘This level of transparency puts additional pressure on the chairman’s office,’ he said. Wheeler ‘liked to talk about his proposals in broad, euphemistic language that papered over their implications. There’s little room for pithy sloganeering when the full text is published in advance. Pai’s commitment to transparency signals his seriousness about FCC reform and shows confidence in his approach to policy.'”

Clayton Act Touted, Dismissed as FCC Entry Into AT&T/TW Review

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“‘I don’t see this idea getting any traction,’ Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell told us…. The Clayton Act gives some agencies beyond the DOJ and FTC authority in transactions, but for the FCC the limit is on transactions of common carriers, which AT&T is but TW isn’t, Campbell said. He said the best reading of the act is that it applies to situations involving two common carriers, not one common carrier’s merger with a different kind of entity. He said it would be ‘a legal stretch’ for the FCC to try to exercise such authority, especially since it never has before.”

If New FCC Boss Ajit Pai Is So ‘Pro Consumer,’ Why Does The Telecom Industry Need To Pay People To Say So?

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“Fred Campbell, a long-standing ISP-funded ‘consultant,’ penned a piece over at Forbes blasting the Post and Times for ‘doublespeak,’ while insisting that Pai is secretly a hero of the people:

‘Doublespeak is language that disguises or even reverses the meaning of words in order to disguise the nature of the truth. A flurry of attacks on Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, are full of it. It’s clear that Pai is serious about closing the digital divide between those who use cutting-edge communications services and those who do not.'”

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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Pai Seen as Having Near Perfect Resume to Quickly Take Charge at FCC

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Transitions are ‘rarely easy,’ but Pai’s should be ‘among the easiest,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. Campbell was an aide and later Wireless Bureau chief for the last commissioner to be permanently elevated, former Chairman Kevin Martin. Pai’s ‘experience in the general counsel’s office and as a commissioner mean he’s well-versed in the agency’s procedures, the applicable laws and policies, the issues that are currently before the agency, and the capabilities of career staff,’ Campbell told us. ‘His development of a digital empowerment agenda while serving as a minority commissioner also indicates he’s already given considerable thought to the agency’s future policy direction.'”