“One analysis by Fred Campbell, director of the conservative think tank Tech Knowledge, concluded that withholding Time Warner content from, say, Comcast and other cable companies would cost AT&T $8 billion a year in lost rights fees. To make up that shortfall, AT&T would need to expand its own subscriber base by 13 million viewers, according to the study.”
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“‘The math wouldn’t work even if AT&T could convince all of its rivals’ video subscribers who regularly watch Time Warner shows to switch to DirecTV,’ wrote Campbell.”
“In June, Fred Campbell, the director of free market think tank Tech Knowledge, encouraged President Trump to break up Google’s ‘media monopoly.'”
“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.'”
“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.'”
The Hill published an op-ed by Fred Campbell on DirecTV Now’s free data service. The op-ed is available HERE.
“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.”
“‘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.'”
Forbes published an opinion piece HERE by Fred Campbell addressing the potential competitive impact of the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger.