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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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Pai Plans Bureau Stay Of Privacy Rules If Any Commissioners Withhold Votes

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“TechKnowledge Director Fred Campbell said, ‘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.'”

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.”

Public Interest Groups Ramp Up Pressure on Privacy, Set-Top Rules

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“The groups are desperate to see FCC action on the three issues before the election, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘It’s audacious for the letter’s signatories to suggest they represent ‘the American public,’ as if Americans were merely drones in a monolithic hive mind rather than an incredibly diverse citizenry with myriad views,’ he said. ‘If the signatories were truly interested in what the majority of Americans actually think, they wouldn’t be so worried about the impending election.'”

FCC Widely Expected to Adopt ISP Privacy Rules as Proposed by Wheeler

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“The FCC shouldn’t stifle what’s growing into a huge market, Tech Knowledge said. The market for digital advertising, at $59.6 billion, three times larger than the $18.6 market for broadcast TV advertising, is still growing at double-digit rates, the group said. ‘Just as watching ads is part of the price consumers pay for free broadcast television, providing access to user data is part of the price consumers pay for the internet as we know it today,’ Tech Knowledge said.”

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Final FCC Privacy Rules Expected to Largely Track Disputed NPRM

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“Most eyes are on Rosenworcel. Her ‘concerns about the complexity of the proposal are certainly justified, and the chairman’s insistence on trying to put his personal stamp on this [FCC privacy rules] and other complex issues just before the impending presidential election isn’t going to make it any easier for him to address her concerns,’ said Fred Campbell, executive director of Tech Knowledge. ‘These are novel issues with a lot at stake, and the chairman is the only one who has a reason to rush rather than try to get it right.'”

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Operating Systems Seen As Threat To User Privacy

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“Meredith Rose, a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, and Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell had a rare moment of agreement this week during an event hosted by the American Action Forum, as they both pointed to the collection of user information by device operating systems as a privacy threat. Market dominance in operating systems is a much bigger problem than market dominance in Internet access service, Mr. Campbell said.”

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Experts Disagree on FCC’s Readiness To Regulate Privacy

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“Social and economic policy issues will be more difficult for the FCC to get a handle on than technical issues, said Fred Campbell, executive director of Tech Knowledge and former chief of the FCC Wireless Bureau. Campbell blames the FCC’s overly narrow focus. ‘The FCC can’t properly evaluate the potential economic and social impacts of its proposal because the FCC has steadfastly refused to regulate Internet services provided by any Internet companies other than ISPs,’ he said. ‘As a result, the FCC hasn’t developed any institutional knowledge of the ways data collection drives the economics of the Internet or the social impact it has on consumers.'”

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