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.




Tech has most to gain from Trump meeting

Originally published in The Hill  on December 14, 2016.

The Hill published an op-ed by Fred Campbell on President Trump’s meeting with tech leaders. The op-ed is available HERE.




Wheeler Expected to Leave FCC Shortly Before Trump Takes Office

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on December 14, 2016.

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, expects Wheeler to leave before the inauguration. ‘If he stays on merely to create a 2-2 split, it’s unlikely to have a substantial impact on anyone other than him,’ Campbell said. ‘The split won’t last long enough with a Republican-controlled Congress.'”




AT&T-Time Warner Merger: 4 Obstacles Faced as a Battle for Trump’s Blessing Begins

Originally published in Hollywood Reporter  on December 7, 2016.

“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.'”




AT&T on Deck to Defend Time Warner Deal, Amid Concerns From PK, Cinemoi, Klobuchar

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on December 7, 2016.

“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.'”




FCC should allow free data offerings and stop picking winners and losers

Originally published in The Hill  on December 5, 2016.

The Hill published an op-ed by Fred Campbell on DirecTV Now’s free data service. The op-ed is available HERE.




It’s Satellite Dishes Powering Time Warner That Imperil AT&T’s Deal

Originally published in Bloomberg  on November 17, 2016.

“The FCC routinely grants satellite earth-station licenses, placing them on public notice and giving the public 30 days to object, said Campbell, the former wireless bureau chief. If Time Warner is able to spin off its licenses, ‘I don’t see how the FCC reviews,’ he said.”




FCC Unlikely To Review AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Originally published in Forbes  on November 16, 2016.

Forbes published an article by Fred Campbell regarding the likelihood that the FCC will review the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The complete article is available HERE.




Wheeler Bucking Tradition in Pursuing Active Agenda Following ‘Change’ Election

Originally published in Washington Internet Daily  on November 16, 2016.

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said in Forbes Tuesday Wheeler should follow Martin’s example. Campbell was Martin’s Wireless Bureau chief. ‘One has to wonder what Wheeler is trying to accomplish,’ Campbell wrote. ‘Any party-line vote the agency makes now can be reversed when the new administration takes office with little or no chance of prior court review.'”




FCC’s Number One Priority Should Be Facilitating Transition

Originally published in Forbes  on November 15, 2016.

Forbes published an article HERE by Fred Campbell arguing that outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler should focus on transitioning the agency in his final days.




Pai Emerging as Definite Front-Runner as Next FCC Chairman

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

“‘Pai is a logical choice for interim because he’s the most senior,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. ‘The permanent chair often comes from the president’s campaign. Based on Trump’s extensive business experience and contacts, it’s also possible he’ll tap someone from the business community.'”




AT&T’s DirecTV Now Plan Isn’t Highly Rated by FCC

Originally published in Multichannel News  on November 14, 2016.

“‘The agency’s letter acknowledges that AT&T offers the same payment terms to all companies that want to take advantage of free data services,’ blogged Fred Campbell of TechKnowledge after the letter became public. ‘AT&T doesn’t treat DirecTV any differently than it treats Netflix, Hulu or any other video streaming provider.'”




Deregulatory Mood & Worries About CPB in Wake of Trump Win

Originally published in Radio World  on November 10, 2016.

“The market-oriented advocacy group Tech Knowledge called Trump’s victory ‘a new hope’ for the FCC. Fred Campbell, its director, issued a statement saying the FCC may ‘renew its faith in the dynamism of private enterprise and the competitive spirit.’ Campbell is a former chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and was an advisor to Chairman Kevin Martin.

He argued that the commission at one time had a policy of relying primarily on competitive market forces to drive investment and innovation in communications networks and services. ‘The Obama administration’s love for top-down government mandates threatened to destroy that economy, but it’s not too late.’”




Trump’s presidential victory embraced by large telcos, but agenda remains elusive

Originally published in Fierce Telecom  on November 10, 2016.

“Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge, said in a statement that President-elect Trump will help craft a new FCC staff that would rely on competitive market forces to drive investment and innovation in communications networks and services.”





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