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2018 Outlook: 5G to offset operator CapEx growth boosted by broadband reg revamp

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“‘I wouldn’t expect major changes by 2018,’ Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and the current director of the free market think tank Tech Knowledge, said in an interview, explaining that he believes ‘the biggest forward-looking investment that’s going to occur in the industry over the next decade is 5G.'”

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.”

Draft Mobile Competition Report Moving Forward With Little Pressure to Make Changes

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“‘There hasn’t been much activity because there isn’t sufficient evidence to credibly oppose the FCC’s proposed finding that wireless is effectively competitive,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The previous administration’s make-no-finding approach was always disingenuous.'”

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?'”

FCC Expected to Find Wireless Industry Is Effectively Competitive

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“‘I expect the agency will find that wireless carriers are effectively competitive,’ said Fred Campbell, Wireless Bureau chief under ex-Chairman Kevin Martin. ‘Monopolists don’t have to engage in price wars like the one that’s been roiling the market.'”

Cellular Rule Change Expected to Be Approved Largely as Circulated by Pai

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“The order shouldn’t be controversial, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The power density limits the FCC is proposing are a bit lower than the lowest limits proposed by cellular licensees, and should be sufficient to address any interference issues with respect to public safety and air-to-ground licensees in the 800 MHz band,’ Campbell said. ‘It’s long been known that cellular licensees need rules based on a power spectral density approach to deploy LTE in the band.'”