Fred Campbell Responds to the FCC’s National Broadband Plan on BitsonBroadband.com

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Fred Campbell commends the FCC on the strength of its National Broadband Plan, particularly regarding the universal service fund, intercarrier compensation and wireless broadband. Fred Campbell is the founder of FBC Enterprises LLC, President and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), and an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He is now blogging at http://www.bitsonbroadband.com.

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Fred Campbell offers his comments on the National Broadband Plan released Tuesday by the FCC. Mr. Campbell is the founder of FBC Enterprises LLC, President and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), and an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He previously served as Wireless Bureau Chief at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and as Wireless Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.

Mr. Campbell posted his initial reaction to the plan on his new blog, Bits on Broadband.
Mr. Campbell writes, “The broadband team should be commended for its hard work in putting the plan together. I can’t help being impressed by the extensive data and vast number of recommendations made in the plan. It appears to be comprehensive in its scope and ambitious in its agenda.” In particular, he commends the FCC for tackling several prickly issues, including:

  •     Reforming the universal service fund;
  •     Reforming intercarrier compensation; and
  •     Allotting additional spectrum for wireless broadband.

Mr. Campbell notes, however, that the FCC’s National Broadband Plan is not without areas of concern.

“The plan recommends that the FCC ‘move forward promptly in the open proceeding on data roaming.’ If implemented well, data roaming could prove to be a successful policy," Mr. Campbell said. "However, if a data roaming requirement were implemented without regard to spectrum holdings (i.e., without a ‘home roaming exception’), such regulation would actually discourage infrastructure-based competition.”

Mr. Campbell will continue to post additional in-depth analysis of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan in the coming days on Bits on Broadband (http://www.bitsonbroadband.com).

About Fred Campbell and Bits on Broadband
Fred Campbell launched his blog, Bits on Broadband, this year, tackling broadband issues with a wireless slant. He previously served as Wireless Bureau Chief at the FCC and as Wireless Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. In those positions he developed and implemented numerous innovative wireless broadband policies for the United States.
Bits on Broadband provides commentary on spectrum, net neutrality, and FCC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) among other wireless and broadband industry topics.

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