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FCC Approves Wireless Infrastructure Order Over Clyburn, Rosenworcel Dissents

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“‘Today’s action removes a significant barrier to enjoying the benefits of this new technology by clarifying that historical and environmental reviews aimed at traditional cell towers don’t apply to the significantly smaller and lower antennas that will be used for 5G deployments,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge: ‘The FCC’s existing historical and environmental review requirements will remain in place for large cellsites.’”

Net Neutrality Litigants Seen Facing Difficult Decisions on Possible Stay Bid, Venue Choice

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“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell called it ‘very unlikely’ a stay motion would succeed, given the Supreme Court’s Brand X and Chevron precedents, which recognized FCC authority to classify broadband as a lightly regulated Title I information service and defer to reasonable agency decisions on ambiguous statutes.”

Draft Twilight Tower Plan Could Get Preservation Interests’ Backing

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“The FCC proposal likely won’t get strong pushback, said Tech Knowledge Director and former Wireless Bureau Chief Fred Campbell. ‘This is a cleanup item,’ largely extending the existing process to towers that had been skipped over, Campbell said.”

FCC Seen Unlikely to Allow Cell Jamming in Prisons Despite DOJ Stance

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“‘The Communications Act doesn’t permit the FCC to authorize jammers and the DOJ can’t change that,’ said Fred Campbell of Tech Knowledge. ‘The correctional system shouldn’t have to resort to jamming to keep contraband cellphones out of prisons. If the correctional system can’t keep contraband cellphones out, how do they stop prisoners from obtaining contraband guns?'”

Tech goes from White House to doghouse in Trump’s Washington

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“‘The mood in Washington, at least on the right side of the aisle, is more critical of companies like Google and Amazon,’ said Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and director of Tech Knowledge, which promotes market-based policies.”  (Also published in the Chicago Daily Herald)

White House Silicon Valley Out Of Favor Tech Companies Lose President’s Ear

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“‘The mood in Washington, at least on the right side of the aisle, is more critical of companies like Google and Amazon,’ said Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and director of Tech Knowledge, which promotes market-based policies.”

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

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“‘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.'”

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

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“‘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.'”