“‘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.”
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Forbes published an article HERE by Fred Campbell addressing the FCC’s no bid contract for broadband speed testing.
“The FCC routinely grants satellite earth-station licenses, placing them on public notice and giving the public 30 days to object, said Campbell, the former wireless bureau chief. If Time Warner is able to spin off its licenses, ‘I don’t see how the FCC reviews,’ he said.”
“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said in Forbes Tuesday Wheeler should follow Martin’s example. Campbell was Martin’s Wireless Bureau chief. ‘One has to wonder what Wheeler is trying to accomplish,’ Campbell wrote. ‘Any party-line vote the agency makes now can be reversed when the new administration takes office with little or no chance of prior court review.'”
Forbes published an article HERE by Fred Campbell arguing that outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler should focus on transitioning the agency in his final days.
“‘Pai is a logical choice for interim because he’s the most senior,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The permanent chair often comes from the president’s campaign. Based on Trump’s extensive business experience and contacts, it’s also possible he’ll tap someone from the business community.'”
“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.
‘The Obama Administration’s love for top-down government mandates threatened to destroy that economy, but it’s not too late,’ Campbell said in a statement. ‘The Trump Administration has a prime opportunity to level the playing field at the FCC and work with Congress on legislation that will benefit all Americans.'”
“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.’”
“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.”
“’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.”