Fred Campbell is Director of Tech Knowledge. He is also an adjunct professor in the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law LL.M program at the University of Nebraska College of Law, and a Senior Policy Advisor at Wireless 20/20. He was formerly President and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, and Wireless Legal Advisor to former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. He earned his B.A. from Excelsior College and his J.D., with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law.


    What Does the Shift Toward Online Video Streaming Mean for Regulatory Policy?

    A flurry of announcements that HBO, CBS, and Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises will stream video content online has prompted plenty of speculation about its potential success or impending failure. Some claim it proves that all consumers want to purchase video programming on an ‘à la carte’ basis. Others claim that HBO’s online service is “doomed before it even starts.” I’m inclined to side with , who is optimistic that the trend will | Read More »

    New STELA Bill, Still Not Clean

    Recent news reports indicate that the Senate Commerce Committee has dropped the à la carte and Internet provisions in its STELA reauthorization bill (called STAVRA). But the bill is still not ‘clean’. It appears that the bill still contains a provision codifying the FCC’s decision to prohibit independent TV stations from jointly negotiating retransmission consent agreements. Like the FCC rule, this prohibition would apply in all TV markets, including | Read More »

    Thune’s Slippery Slope Toward Susan Crawford’s Dumb-Pipe Dream

    Senator Thune, the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, is crusading to force TV stations to offer their channels directly to pay-TV customers on an individual, ‘á la carte’ basis. Thune bills his ‘Local Choice’ proposal as a ‘new’ idea, but there is nothing new about government meddling in the relationships between cable networks and content providers. The intellectual basis for Thune’s á la | Read More »

    Net Neutrality: How Sponsored Data Plans Would Promote Competition on the ‘Edge’

    This is the fourth post in the CBIT net neutrality series. I’ve previously explained how the theory of ‘gatekeeper control’ underlying the FCC’s 2010 approach to net neutrality is applicable to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet services, applications, or content — a category of ‘non-ISP gatekeepers’ that includes the mobile operating systems offered by Apple and Google. The FCC has nevertheless | Read More »

    Political Ads Are Litmus Test for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

    Since he took the helm of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, the former chief cable industry lobbyist, has come under fire for playing favorites with his former employers. Now, the embattled Chairman is scrambling to clean up the mess caused by exempting pay-TV operators from political ad disclosures as candidates gear up for the election this November. The law has long required broadcast television stations, cable operators, and satellite | Read More »

    Local Choice Proposal for Partial Á La Carte Is Irreconcilable with the Ideals of Constitutional Government

    I’m starting to get worried that the partial à la carte mandate in the decidedly Orwellian “Local Choice” proposal wasn’t merely an August reverie. The leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, which floated the proposal to the press, have neither disavowed it nor introduced an alternative. Could the Committee actually be serious about a proposal that is so flatly irreconcilable with the ideals of constitutional government? | Read More »

    Net Neutrality: Title II Forbearance Is a Pig in a Poke

    This is the third post in the CBIT net neutrality series. Previous posts in the series are available HERE and HERE. The previous post in this series concluded that the gatekeeper theory of net neutrality regulation is radically over-broad under Title II and inconsistent with the competition theory of communications regulation set forth by Congress in the Communications Act. The proponents of Title II reclassification are trying to sell the FCC on | Read More »

    Net Neutrality: FCC Gatekeeper Theory Applies to Google, Apple, and Netflix

    This is the second post in a series addressing fundamental questions presented by the prospect of applying per se net neutrality rules under Title II. The first post is available HERE. The first post in this series concluded that the logic of the gatekeeper theory the FCC used to justify the imposition of per se net neutrality rules extends to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet | Read More »

    The Rick Perry Veto and Ferguson: Holding the Police State Accountable

    The Rick Perry Veto and Ferguson: Holding the Police State Accountable

    There is no obvious connection between the juxtaposed headlines about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment for demanding the resignation of a district attorney with statewide responsibility for prosecuting political corruption and the police violence in Ferguson, Missouri. But it’s there, stark and unyielding, in the video of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s booking the night she was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol | Read More »

    Net Neutrality: FCC Theory Would Extend Beyond ISPs Under Title II

    This is the first in a series of net neutrality posts that will address fundamental questions presented by the prospect of applying per se net neutrality rules under Title II. There is more at stake than net neutrality in the reclassification debate at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Imposing per se prohibitions against business-to-business arrangements involving ‘paid prioritization’ under Title II would be a radical departure from the core principles embodied | Read More »