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Robert Frieden


Professor and Pioneers Chair in Telecommunication and Affiliate Law Faculty

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J.D., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (with distinction)
Professor Rob Frieden serves as Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law at Penn State University. He also provides legal, management and market forecasting consultancy services and has written several books, published over fifty articles in academic journals and provided commentary in a variety of media. Professor Frieden updates a major communications treatise: All About Cable and Broadband (Law Journal Press) and has presented papers and moderated sessions in numerous forums throughout the world. 
Before accepting an academic appointment, Professor Frieden provided a broad range of business development, strategic planning, policy analysis and regulatory functions for the IRIDIUM mobile satellite venture.
Professor Frieden has held senior policy making positions in international telecommunications at the United States Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In the private sector, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as Assistant General Counsel at PTAT System, Inc. where he handled corporate, transactional and regulatory issues for the nation's first private undersea fiber optic cable company.

Legislative and Regulatory Strategies for Providing Consumer Safeguards in a Convergent Information and Communications Marketplace, 33 Hastings Comm. & Entertainment L. J. 207 (2011)

Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes: Can the United States Compete in Global Telecommunications? (Yale University Press, 2010)

Case Studies in Abandoned Empiricism and the Lack of Peer Review at the Federal Communications Commission, 8 J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 277 (2009)

The Way Forward for Wireless, in And Communications for All — a Policy Agenda for a New Administration (Amit M. Schejter, ed.) (Lexington Books 2009)

Network Neutrality and Its Potential Impact on Digital Content Platforms, in The Economics of Digital Markets (Gary Madden and Russel Cooper, eds.) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2009)

Balancing Equity and Efficiency in Global Spectrum Management, in Governing Global Electronic Networks — International Perspectives on Policy and Power (William J. Drake & Ernest J. Wilson III, eds.)  (MIT Press 2008)

Institutional Framework and Competitiveness of the U.S. Telecommunications Market, in Competitiveness of New Industries — Institutional Framework and Learning in Information Technology in Japan, the U.S and Germany (Cornelia Storz & Andreas Moerke, eds.) (Routledge 2007)