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Net Neutrality Litigants Seen Facing Difficult Decisions on Possible Stay Bid, Venue Choice

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“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell called it ‘very unlikely’ a stay motion would succeed, given the Supreme Court’s Brand X and Chevron precedents, which recognized FCC authority to classify broadband as a lightly regulated Title I information service and defer to reasonable agency decisions on ambiguous statutes.”

Draft Twilight Tower Plan Could Get Preservation Interests’ Backing

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“The FCC proposal likely won’t get strong pushback, said Tech Knowledge Director and former Wireless Bureau Chief Fred Campbell. ‘This is a cleanup item,’ largely extending the existing process to towers that had been skipped over, Campbell said.”

FCC Seen Unlikely to Allow Cell Jamming in Prisons Despite DOJ Stance

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“‘The Communications Act doesn’t permit the FCC to authorize jammers and the DOJ can’t change that,’ said Fred Campbell of Tech Knowledge. ‘The correctional system shouldn’t have to resort to jamming to keep contraband cellphones out of prisons. If the correctional system can’t keep contraband cellphones out, how do they stop prisoners from obtaining contraband guns?'”

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.”

Undisclosed Pai Industry Meetings Draw Heat; Others See No Problem, Laud Outreach

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“‘It’s not a legal issue,’ emailed Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘Assuming the item is published before a vote in accordance with the FCC’s current practice, it’s hard to see how there would be even a perceived transparency problem. It’s not unusual for the FCC to ask questions or brief industry and the press before issuing a formal proposal for public comment.'”

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.'”

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.'”

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.”

The complete article is available HERE.