“‘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.'”
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The Hill published an op-ed by Fred Campbell addressing the 600 MHz incentive auction results.
“Pai’s plan ‘to lower utility pole costs and reduce red tape that’s holding up new networks will pave the way for faster broadband and 5G wireless deployments,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge.”
“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.'”
FCC re-establishment of bidding credit policies ‘helped to push AWS-3 auction prices to record highs, which would tend to reduce the amount of capital the largest providers have to commit to the incentive auction,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. Campbell ran the 00 MHz auction as chief of the Wireless Bureau. Campbell said FCC adoption of a set-aside for competitors, under which the largest carriers ‘are likely to receive the least valuable blocks,’ also didn’t help. ‘Ironically, these decisions were driven by the FCC’s unsubstantiated assumption that lower frequency spectrum is substantially more valuable than higher frequency spectrum, an assumption that appears quaint given the wireless industry’s interest in using higher frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G technologies,’ Campbell said.”
“As 5G gets deployed, one thing regulators have to resolve is whether they will settle on a particular model — like the current system of licensed and unlicensed spectrum and a hybrid universe created by the 3.5 GHz rules — or ‘a little this, a little that experimentation,’ said Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell. He said the FCC needs to address the split in its spectrum allocation service rules, with users of licensed spectrum having stricter regulation and requirements than users of unlicensed — a dichotomy he called ‘nonsensical.'”
“During a panel discussion after Mr. Strickling’s remarks, Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, suggested that a value could be placed on spectrum. ‘Government does that on a routine basis in virtually all areas not involving spectrum,’ he said, citing real property and building leases.”
“The deal has little to do with the service, notes former FCC official Fred Campbell, now a director at Tech Knowledge, but net neutrality advocates will object. He says: ‘If you’re opposed to the merger and the facts and laws aren’t on your side, you look for a popular hook. With zero rating, you’ve got some built-in noisemaking.'”
“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell defended DirecTV Now ahead of the hearing, expecting the topic may arise there. ‘What’s not to like about free data and competitive choices?’ Campbell said in a blog post for The Hill. ‘Nothing, if you are a consumer. DirecTV Now’s cap-free video streams are a boon for consumers ‘from a cost point of view’ and offer new competitive options at attractive prices.'”
“Another point of contention is that Verizon and INCOMPAS have billed their proposal as a ‘compromise’ given that Verizon is a leading incumbent and INCOMPAS is a trade group dedicated to competitive networks. But Fred Campbell, the director of Tech Knowledge, argues that the proposal is not a true compromise, and that Verizon is more interested in growing its wireless business than protecting its wireline assets.
‘A true compromise requires both sides to make concessions. In its agreement with INCOMPAS, however, Verizon stands to reap substantial gains for its wireless business while conceding nothing that would harm its bottom line,’ Campbell wrote in an opinion piece for Forbes.”