Meet the man who’ll dismantle net neutrality ‘with a smile’

Originally published in CNET  on February 14, 2017.

“‘When he was on the big screen, you could see the trees and wind whipping wildly in the midst of the hurricane,’ said Fred Campbell, the director of the free-market think tank Tech Knowledge and adviser to former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin who helped organize the show. ‘He calmly delivered his speech and acted as if it was no big deal.'”

The complete article is available HERE.




Senate Democrats say they’re ready to battle Republican-led threats to net neutrality

Originally published in Fierce Telecom  on February 8, 2017.

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said in a statement that lawmakers have to come to some consensus to develop an agreement.

‘Without new Congressional legislation, the FCC’s net neutrality rules will keep swinging like a pendulum with every presidential election,’ Campbell said. ‘A lasting approach to net neutrality must come from the democratic process in Congress, not executive fiat.’”

The complete article is available HERE.




Dems come out swinging on net neutrality

Originally published in The Hill  on February 7, 2017.

“’Without new Congressional legislation, the FCC’s net neutrality rules will keep swinging like a pendulum with every presidential election,’” said Tech Knowledge, a group favoring free markets and deregulation.

The complete article is available HERE.




Democratic senators push to save net neutrality rules under Trump

Originally published in PC World  on February 7, 2017.

“Fred Campbell, director of free-market think tank Tech Knowledge, called on Congress to pass legislation to iron out net neutrality policy. Without congressional action, the FCC can change its mind about net neutrality rules every time there’s a change in party control, he said.

‘Without new Congressional legislation, the FCC’s net neutrality rules will keep swinging like a pendulum with every presidential election,” he said by email. “A lasting approach to net neutrality must come from the democratic process in Congress, not executive fiat.'”

The complete article is available HERE.




FCC Should Suspend Online Privacy Rules

Originally published in Forbes  on February 6, 2017.

Forbes published an article HERE by Fred Campbell addressing a petition to stay the FCC’s online privacy rules.




ISP Groups Call for a Stay on FCC Broadband Privacy Rules

Originally published in CED Magazine  on January 30, 2017.

“Tech Knowledge, which promotes market-oriented technology policies, put out a statement underlining its stance that the FCC rules passed were biased.”




FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly cited blog posts…

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on January 30, 2017.

“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell and Shane Tews, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy, separately criticized the white paper for exceeding its authority by proposing that the federal government needs to assert ‘appropriate’ regulatory oversight over ISPs’ cybersecurity practices in the absence of clear market incentives to drive improvements (see 1701260020).”




Verizon Seen Winning Approval for Charter With Trump in Power

Originally published in Bloomberg  on January 27, 2017.

“Verizon and Charter may have to divest pay-TV subscribers in metropolitan areas where they overlap to resolve competition concerns, said Fred Campbell, a former wireless bureau chief at the Federal Communications Commission, which would review the deal if it comes together.”

The complete article is available HERE.




Pai Seen Unlikely to Act on FCC Public Safety Bureau’s Cybersecurity White Paper

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on January 26, 2017.

“The white paper is likely ‘dead on arrival’ at the FCC under the new Republican majority, but it remains a concern because Wheeler circulated the paper to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell.”




FCC Staff Actions in Wheeler’s Final Days Subject to GOP ‘Midnight Regulation’ Scrutiny

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on January 26, 2017.

“The paper’s ‘proposed cybersecurity regulation’ is ‘fatally flawed,’ and the ‘naked power grab should be rebuffed by policymakers in the new Administration,’ said Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell, a former Wireless Bureau chief, in a blog post Wednesday.”




Major Changes Expected in FCC Enforcement Under Pai, Who Makes Staff Picks, Addresses Staff

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on January 25, 2017.

“‘It’s not just the amounts of the fines that was aggressive,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The Wheeler FCC was also aggressive in its interpretation of the law and uneven in its approach. It imposed large fines on some sectors of the industry even when the legal basis for enforcement action was relatively weak. … Wheeler’s FCC took no action at all against other sectors even when there appeared to be relatively strong grounds for enforcement.'”




Pai Seen as Having Near Perfect Resume to Quickly Take Charge at FCC

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on January 24, 2017.

Transitions are ‘rarely easy,’ but Pai’s should be ‘among the easiest,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. Campbell was an aide and later Wireless Bureau chief for the last commissioner to be permanently elevated, former Chairman Kevin Martin. Pai’s ‘experience in the general counsel’s office and as a commissioner mean he’s well-versed in the agency’s procedures, the applicable laws and policies, the issues that are currently before the agency, and the capabilities of career staff,’ Campbell told us. ‘His development of a digital empowerment agenda while serving as a minority commissioner also indicates he’s already given considerable thought to the agency’s future policy direction.'”




Pai Says He’s ‘Grateful’ To Be Designated FCC Chairman

Originally published in TR Daily  on January 23, 2017.

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said, ‘There is no one more qualified to guide the FCC for the next four years. Chairman Pai’s intelligence, experience, and humility will serve the American people well. The future of communications regulation could not be any brighter.'”




Low Prices in Incentive Auction Said to Offer Many Lessons for Next FCC

Originally published in Communications Daily  on January 18, 2017.

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 [7]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.”




Wheeler Starts Farewell Tour With Major Speech on Broadband Policy

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on January 13, 2017.

“Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin defended his record in a report rather than through a series of speeches when he left eight years ago, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge and Wireless Bureau chief under Martin. ‘It would be presumptuous to assume that an outgoing chairman’s views on future policy will hold any significance for the next administration, as evidenced by Wheeler’s own rejection of previous FCC policies that had been developed over multiple administrations and proven successful.'”




Transition Fuels FCC Staff Concerns; Transition Team Interviews Ex-Martin Staffers

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on December 22, 2016.

“Some current and former FCC officials said such fears are overblown and unfounded. In industry, when a new CEO comes in, it’s understood a new team will be installed, said Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell, a former Wireless Bureau chief under then-Chairman Kevin Martin.”




Enforcement Regime, Including Receiver Rules, Seen Needed for 5G Future

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on December 19, 2016.

“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.'”




Strickling Calls For Receiver Standards, Details On Spectrum Use

Originally published in TR Daily  on December 16, 2016.

“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.”




FCC Said Closing In On Order Extending Transparency Exemption, Though Disagreements Remain

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on December 15, 2016.

“‘Even ardent net neutrality supporters should have no trouble agreeing to an exemption set at 250,000,’ Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, told us. ‘It’s hard to imagine how a few million U.S. subscribers could have a substantial impact on the potential for innovation by venture-backed internet startups whose potential market is the entire world’s connected population. The notion appears absurd on its face.'”




Democratic FCC Just Committed Trump Administration To No-Bid Foreign Contract

Originally published in Forbes  on December 14, 2016.

Forbes published an article HERE by Fred Campbell addressing the FCC’s no bid contract for broadband speed testing.





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