News Item Categories Regulatory State

Deregulatory Mood & Worries About CPB in Wake of Trump Win

Posted by | | No Comments

“The market-oriented advocacy group Tech Knowledge called Trump’s victory ‘a new hope’ for the FCC. Fred Campbell, its director, issued a statement saying the FCC may ‘renew its faith in the dynamism of private enterprise and the competitive spirit.’ Campbell is a former chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and was an advisor to Chairman Kevin Martin.

He argued that the commission at one time had a policy of relying primarily on competitive market forces to drive investment and innovation in communications networks and services. ‘The Obama administration’s love for top-down government mandates threatened to destroy that economy, but it’s not too late.’”

Trump’s presidential victory embraced by large telcos, but agenda remains elusive

Posted by | | No Comments

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said in a statement that President-elect Trump will help craft a new FCC staff that would rely on competitive market forces to drive investment and innovation in communications networks and services.”

Election Of Trump Seen As Presaging Overturn Of Reclassification, ISP Privacy Rules

Posted by | | No Comments

“’Trump’s victory should spell the end of Wheeler’s ability to make any enduring policy changes in the twilight of his chairmanship and likely will mark a return to a more hands-off approach at the FCC,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The Republican’s retention of its majority in the Senate also raises legislative possibilities, including FCC reform, returning comprehensive privacy jurisdiction to the FTC, statutory reclassification of broadband, or even a Communications Act rewrite.’ Campbell was Wireless Bureau chief during the end of George W. Bush presidency.”

Industry, Observers, Analysts Hope For, Predict Trump Election Means Lighter Regulatory Touch

Posted by | | No Comments

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said, ‘Trump’s victory offers new hope that the Federal Communications Commission will renew its faith in the dynamism of private enterprise and the competitive spirit.'”

A workplace retaliation lawsuit brought by an FCC employee

Posted by | | No Comments

“A workplace retaliation lawsuit brought by an FCC employee (see 1609300016) raises red flags about ‘the prevailing institutional culture’ there, with the agency seemingly unconcerned about por­nography viewing in the workplace, said Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell in a piece in Forbes Thursday.”

House Dem. puts forward bill to protect municipal broadband networks from state laws

Posted by | | No Comments

“It’s notable that the bill would apply to local communities that are already served by privately owned networks,’ Fred Campbell, the director of the right-leaning think tank Tech Knowledge, wrote in an email. ‘The bill would establish a broad new federal policy of encouraging government ownership of the 21st century’s most important mass media communications facilities. Such a policy would have serious implications for freedom of expression as well as state sovereignty.’”

Current FCC Seen as Possibly Most Partisan Ever

Posted by | | No Comments

“Wheeler ‘has operated his office more like a grassroots advocacy organization than the chair of an independent agency,’ said Fred Campbell, Wireless Bureau chief under then-Chairman Kevin Martin, now director of Tech Knowledge. ‘It also appears Wheeler hasn’t made good-faith efforts to consider views that might be at odds with his own.’

Campbell said that during the runup to the net neutrality order, he was called to the FCC along with a host of officials from free-market and civil rights groups to present their views to the chairman. ‘The difficulty of accommodating a large number of participants with varying views left the impression that the meeting’s primary purpose was to support the appearance of an impartial process … rather than to engage in a meaningful dialogue on net neutrality issues,’ Campbell told us. ‘Wheeler’s condescension was so obvious that the Rev. Jesse Jackson [of Rainbow Push] stood up halfway through the meeting, announced he’d heard enough and left.”

The complete article is available HERE.

Federal court blocks FCC efforts to protect municipal broadband expansion

Posted by | | No Comments

“But Fred Campbell — director of the right-leaning think tank Tech Knowledge — cautions that just because the court didn’t prohibit Congress from passing such a law, there’s no guarantee that one would hold up under further judicial scrutiny.

‘That question is unclear,’ Campbell said. ‘It may be unconstitutional for Congress to interfere with a state’s right to govern its own municipalities.’”

The complete article is available HERE.