FCC Expected to Find Wireless Industry Is Effectively Competitive

Originally published in Communications Daily  on May 9, 2017.

“‘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.'”




Competing views on net neutrality, but all roads lead to litigation

Originally published in SNL Kagan Media & Communications Report  on May 1, 2017.

“Instead, Campbell said unfettered competition would provide the same protection, explaining that without the Open Internet Order of 2015, Alphabet Inc.’s Google Fiber and other new entrants would have had more incentive to invest in broadband. ‘By its very nature, net neutrality rules discourage investment in competitive networks. Why should you invest when you can just ride on someone else’s network at no cost?’ Campbell said in an interview.

He added, ‘I think everyone agrees blocking internet content is not a great idea. It’s more a question of how you police it and what are the long-term implications of those choices.’ Under Campbell’s model, incumbents like AT&T Inc. and Comcast could not block or throttle without risking losing subscribers to new competitors.”




Undisclosed Pai Industry Meetings Draw Heat; Others See No Problem, Laud Outreach

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on April 27, 2017.

“‘It’s not a legal issue,’ emailed Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘Assuming the item is published before a vote in accordance with the FCC’s current practice, it’s hard to see how there would be even a perceived transparency problem. It’s not unusual for the FCC to ask questions or brief industry and the press before issuing a formal proposal for public comment.'”




Path forward on net neutrality complicated by courts, Congress

Originally published in SNL Kagan Media & Communications Reports  on April 19, 2017.

“‘It is going to be insanely complicated,’ Fred Campbell, director of the free-market think tank Tech Knowledge and the former head of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC, said in an interview, noting that any efforts to overturn the order will first face intense public scrutiny and then be challenged in court.

That said, Campbell does see ‘options for overturning the Title II approach that I believe would survive court scrutiny.’ In particular, he would like to see Pai undo the classification of broadband as a Title II telecommunications service while still pursuing deliberate and surgical enforcement of net neutrality.”




BDS Debate Goes Down To The Finish Line

Originally published in TR Daily  on April 18, 2017.

“Also issuing statements opposing delay in the BDS proceeding were Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell and consultant Jonathan Lee.”




Obama’s FCC chief may have cost taxpayers billions

Originally published in The Hill  on April 5, 2017.

The Hill published an op-ed by Fred Campbell addressing the 600 MHz incentive auction results.




FCC’s Next Republican Seen Likely to Be a Female Economist

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on April 5, 2017.

“‘Lack of economic analysis over the last eight years wasn’t for want of economists at the FCC,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘It was the result of Democratic Party leadership that no longer supports the validity of economic theory or the ability of competitive market forces to protect consumers from economic harm.'”




Trump’s Repeal of Internet Privacy Rules Shifts Regulatory Powers to FTC

Originally published in Morning Consult  on April 4, 2017.

“That means the next step is to make clear the FTC has ‘authority over common carriers with respect to privacy,’ Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, stated Tuesday.”




ISPs can now collect and sell your data: What to know about Internet privacy rules

Originally published in USA Today  on April 4, 2017.

“‘Eventually Congress will need to address the issue, because gaps are likely to remain,’ said Fred Campbell, director of TechKnowledge, a market-oriented think tank.”




Trump Draws Praise, Criticism For Signing CRA Privacy Resolution

Originally published in TR Daily  on April 4, 2017.

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said, ‘Overturning the Obama Administration’s discriminatory privacy rules was an essential step in protecting consumers’ privacy through fair federal rules. American’s privacy should be equally protected from all invasions regardless of the invader’s identity – a simple test the Obama FCC’s rules did not meet.'”




Bloomberg Law Brief: House Vote on FCC Internet Privacy

Originally published in Bloomberg  on March 31, 2017.

“Fred Campbell, former chief of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau and director of Tech Knowledge and Catherine Sandoval, a professor at Santa Clara University Law School, discuss a recent House vote, which stopped several FCC internet privacy rules from taking effect. They speak with June Grasso and Greg Stohr on Bloomberg Radio’s ‘Bloomberg Law.'”




Proposed Revisions to Wireless, Wireline Infrastructure Rules Circulated by Pai

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on March 31, 2017.

“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.”




House Votes to Kill Privacy Rules Binding ISPs

Originally published in Tech News World  on March 30, 2017.

“‘If an opt-in requirement is not necessary for Google and other edge providers that collect Web browsing information, then it’s not necessary for ISPs either, since Google and other ad server companies can collect the same type of Web browsing data from third-party websites as an ISP,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge.”




Wait. There are no rules protecting my online privacy?

Originally published in USA Today  on March 28, 2017.

“‘Eventually Congress will need to address the issue, because gaps are likely to remain,’ said Fred Campbell, director of TechKnowledge, a market-oriented think tank.”




FCC Expected to Move Quickly on ISP Privacy, Absent Action by Congress

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on March 20, 2017.

“‘Given that the stay order only addressed the rules set to take effect in March, I expect [Pai] will wait to see whether Congress acts,’ predicted Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘It’s possible that Congress will decide to move quickly on a resolution of disapproval. If not, Pai would still have time to act before the remaining rules go into effect, because time expires for the disapproval process in May.'”




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

Originally published in Communications Daily  on March 17, 2017.

“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.'”




With Hiring Freeze Issue for Pai, Degani Emerging as Key Staffer

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on March 15, 2017.

“‘There is always some disquiet among career staff when a leadership change occurs,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘If a chairman spends little time on the day-to-day operations of the agency, the bureaus will fill the leadership void, which risks infighting among the staff over policies and turf. The agency tends to be more productive if a chairman’s management style is more hands-on, though this approach risks piquing staff who feel their importance has been curtailed.'”




Release of Draft FCC Items Mostly Praised But Also Raising Some Concerns

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on March 6, 2017.

“Pai deserves whatever accolades he gets, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘This level of transparency puts additional pressure on the chairman’s office,’ he said. Wheeler ‘liked to talk about his proposals in broad, euphemistic language that papered over their implications. There’s little room for pithy sloganeering when the full text is published in advance. Pai’s commitment to transparency signals his seriousness about FCC reform and shows confidence in his approach to policy.'”




Opponents Of FCC Privacy Rules Marshal Arguments At Recon Opposition Deadline

Originally published in TR Daily  on March 6, 2017.

“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell pointed out that the FCC’s broadband privacy rules don’t apply to ‘Wi-Fi service offered by coffee shops,’ so that if one person in a coffee shop is using their wireless providers’ network to surf the Web, and another is using the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi, they will be have different levels of privacy protection. ‘The FCC rules are largely nonsensical,’ he said.

‘Why not have the same rules apply everywhere?’ Mr. Campbell added. ‘From a consumer’s perspective, it doesn’t matter who violates your privacy. … The whole FCC argument of stricter rules for ISPs revolves around the idea that they’re unique somehow. That’s just factually untrue.'”




FCC Stays Data Security Rules Over Clyburn’s Dissent

Originally published in TR Daily  on March 1, 2017.

“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell said, ‘I’m pleased to see that the FCC and FTC have pledged to work together on harmonizing the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband providers with the FTC’s standards for other online companies. Consumers will be best served by a consistent and easily understandable set of standards. Consumers’ privacy shouldn’t depend on which agency is charged with protecting it or the identity of the company that serves them. Consumers and internet companies alike deserve equal protection under the law.'”





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