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Sprint and Verizon Pushed Business Data Service

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“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell disagreed that Incompas/Verizon proposals were a compromise, given their increasingly common wireless-oriented interests. Verizon would reap the benefits of lower BDS rates out of region but wouldn’t have to lower its own Ethernet rates, he said in a commentary.”

FCC Accelerates Pace of Incentive Auction, With Long Road Ahead

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“‘The discrepancies in supply and demand between the top tier markets and the other markets suggests the FCC raised the increment because it believes there is more headroom in the top markets, and that the relative lack of demand in smaller markets no longer justifies the smaller increment,’ said Fred Campbell, who oversaw the 700 MHz auction as chief of the Wireless Bureau. Campbell is now director of Tech Knowledge.”

Forward Auction Proceeds Slowly Increase But at Rate Controlled by FCC

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“Fred Campbell, who oversaw the 700 MHz auction as chief of the Wireless Bureau, told us it’s noteworthy that at the end of the 10th round, aggregate demand exceeded the aggregate supply of licenses in only 72 of 426 markets. ‘In most smaller markets, aggregate demand amounted to about one-third of the available supply,’ Campbell said. ‘The only licenses that appear to be highly contested at this point are those in the 40 largest markets. This is consistent with other evidence that the availability of spectrum below 1 GHz is not the primary barrier to mobile deployment in rural areas.’ Based on past auctions, bidding is ‘unlikely’ to reach $86.4 billion, said Campbell, now executive director of Tech Knowledge.”

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Wireless firm that claims hotel tower in crosshairs

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“’The FCC typically would not go out and investigate,’ Fred Campbell, a former wireless bureau chief at the agency, said in an interview. ‘They typically would rely on industry competitors to bird-dog these licenses, to tell them if there is an issue.’

‘In general, substantial misrepresentations’ could result in the FCC terminating licenses, Campbell said.”

First Big Deadlines Loom as FCC Prep for WRC-19 Gets Started

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“No one should be concerned that a carrier advocate is chairing WAC, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The most important factor in preparing for a WRC is knowledge and experience,’ Campbell told us. ‘The breadth and diversity of international interests addressed at a WRC tend to mitigate concerns about the potential for someone to pursue a partisan agenda.'”

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FCC Gets Generally Positive Comments on AT&T’s Requested Relief for WCS Band

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“‘The facts in this proceeding are consistent with one of the Commission’s classic paradigms for extending or waiving a construction requirement: (1) The technical rules applicable to these spectrum blocks are unique and unusually restrictive and (2) equipment is not yet available that meets the use case for this spectrum (smart grid communications),’ Tech Knowledge said. ‘The Commission has considered these factors sufficient to warrant an extension or waiver of construction requirements in multiple bands, including the WCS band and the 220 MHz band. Moreover, it appears that none of the directly affected parties are opposed to Petitioners’ request.'”

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FirstNet ‘Wildcard’ as Carriers Decide on Incentive Auction Strategy, Wells Fargo Says

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“FirstNet could have some effect on the auction, said Fred Campbell, executive director of Tech Knowledge and former chief of the FCC Wireless Bureau. ‘But I suspect the differences between acquiring largely unencumbered spectrum in the auction and the opportunity to participate in FirstNet’s RFP process would limit its potential to impact the auction substantially,’ he said.”

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Incentive Auction Rules Could Pose Big Hurdle for Smaller Carriers

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“But Fred Campbell, executive director of Tech Knowledge, said serious bidders won’t be scared away by the auction rules. Many smaller and rural bidders will likely pursue spectrum in smaller or rural markets ‘where the largest nationwide carriers are less likely to be a significant competitive threat,’ he said. ‘These types of bidders should be able to win spectrum in those types of markets even without the set-aside. The carrier most likely to benefit from the set-aside is T-Mobile, who has the resources and sophistication to win spectrum in major markets even without the set-aside. The only bidders who are likely to drop out of the auction early based on uncertainty regarding the set aside are speculators who see it as a way to game spectrum prices at the taxpayers’ expense.’ Campbell oversaw the FCC 700 MHz auction as chief of the FCC WIreless Bureau.”

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FCC Sets High-Clearing Auction Target, With Lengthy Reverse Auction Expected

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“Fred Campbell, who oversaw the 700 MHz auction as chief of the Wireless Bureau, said the clearing target is good news for the wireless industry. ‘It will help enable larger, more efficient channel sizes that should make the band attractive to mobile bidders and ultimately, a win for consumers,’ said Campbell, now executive director of Tech Knowledge.”

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The Cable Industry Wants Netflix Investigated For Throttling

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“Netflix was a major proponent of establishing net neutrality rules past year – and still is today. Writer Fred Campbell says Netflix only came clean about this practice, which has been in place for five years, because a T-Mobile executive ‘already spilled the beans’.”