Rob Frieden

Emeritus Professor

Penn State University
e-mail: rmf5@psu.edu

Until July 2021, Rob Frieden held the Pioneers Chair and served as Professor of Telecommunications and Law at Penn State University.  He taught courses in the law, regulation, management and technology of telecommunications and the Internet.  As an Emeritus Professor, Rob remains active in both academic and applied endeavors.Rob provides consultancy services in a variety of areas including business development, forecasting, next generation networks, Internet commerce, cybersecurity, privacy, the Internet of Things, and regulatory reform.  He has written four books, published over one hundred articles in academic journals and regularly handles queries from journalists. 

For additional background, see Robís curriculum vitae: Frieden CV; resume: Frieden Resume; and Penn State profiles: Bellisario College Profile; and Penn State Law Profile.


 

RESEARCH AND SERVICE

TeleFrieden the Blog

        I have created a provocative blog containing my thoughts and analyses of information, communications, and entertainment ("ICE") issues.  See http://telefrieden.blogspot.com/.  The blog will concentrate on important legal, regulatory, marketplace and cultural issues that warrant closer scrutiny particularly in light of the proliferation of "research" that supports a particular stakeholder's viewpoint without having disclosed direct or indirect financial sponsorship.


Outreach

††††††††† I served as the primary author of a legal brief filed in the Supreme Courtís consideration whether the Federal Communications Commission can lawfully relax regulations limiting further concentration of the broadcast marketplace; see Prometheus Amicus Brief.

††††††††† Digital literary training; available at: Digital Literacy.


Recent Conference Presentations (most in Powerpoint)

Interconnection, Interoperability, and Universal Access to the Internet and Next Generation Networks, A presentation to the Penn State Policy Innovation Lab of Tomorrow (March, 2022); available at: IoT Presentation.

 

Digital Sovereignty and Weaponizing Radio Spectrum Management: The Risks and Rewards, A Work in Progress Presentation (February 15, 2022); available at: Work in Progress Presentation.

 

The Risks and Rewards From Weaponizing Spectrum Planning at the International Telecommunication Union, presented virtually at the 49th Annual Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, American University, Washington, D.C. (2021); available at: 2021 TPRC Presentation.

 

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: A Cost/Benefit Analysis, presented virtually at the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information (2021); available at: U Tenn. Sec. 230 Presentation.

 

Thereís Probably a Blackout in Your Television Future: Tracking New Carriage Negotiation Strategies Between Video Content Programmers and Distributors, presented virtually at the 48th Annual Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, American University, Washington, D.C. (2020); available at: Video Blackouts Presentation.

 

Challenges to the Conventional Wisdom About Mergers and Consumer Welfare
in a Converging Internet Marketplace
, presented virtually at the 48th Annual Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, American University, Washington, D.C. (2020); available at: Big Tech Antitrust Reform.

Spectrum Planning at the ITU: A Brief Introduction, presented virtually at PTCí21, Honolulu, HI (2021); available at: ITU Basics.

 

Research on Improving Comprehensive Network Governance Ability under the Background of Digital Economy Development: Adapting Economic and Legal Models for Unicorn Digital Platform Intermediaries, A collaborative presentation for students and faculty, presented virtually at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (2020); available at: BUPT Platforms Presentation.

 

WRC-19 and 5G Spectrum Planning, presented at the 47th Annual Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, American University, Washington, D.C. (2019); available at: 5G Presentation.

 

An Introduction to Data Property Rights, presented at the Beijing University

of Posts and Telecommunications (2019); available at: BUPT Data Protection Presentation.

The Internet of Platforms and Two-Sided Markets: Implications for Competition and Consumers, presented at Internet Law Works-in-Progress, New York Law School, New York, N.Y. (2018); available at: Internet Platforms.


COURSES TAUGHT                                                                   

International Telecommunications and Space Law

Telecommunications Law and Policy

Emerging Telecommunications and Information Processing Technologies

Media Law

Current Issues in Information, Communications and Entertainment

Internet Law and Policy