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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)

Rob Frieden holds the Pioneers Chair in Telecommunications and Law at Penn State University. He is a leading analyst in the field of telecommunications and Internet infrastructure and has authored many comprehensive works on international telecommunications, Internet law and policy, cable television, and communications law. Professor Frieden has published over 100 journal articles and four books on various telecommunications topics.

Prior to joining Penn State, Professor Frieden served as Deputy Director, International Relations, Motorola Satellite Communications, Inc., where he managed the regulatory and international liaison efforts for Motorola’s IRIDIUM low earth orbiting satellite project. He has held senior level policy making positions in government and worked in the private sector as an attorney. Professor Frieden received a B.A. in Telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Network Neutrality and Consumer Demand for “Better Than Best Efforts” Traffic Management, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, & Entertainment Law Journal (in production);

Rob Frieden, Challenges to the Conventional Wisdom About Mergers and Consumer Welfare in a Converging Internet Marketplace, 65 VILLANOVA LAW REVIEW (2020) (in production);

Rob Frieden, There’s Probably a Blackout in Your Television Future: Tracking New Carriage Negotiation Strategies Between Video Content Programmers and Distributors, 43 THE COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF LAW AND THE ARTS, No. 4, 487-515 (2020);

Rob Frieden, The evolving 5G case study in spectrum management and industrial policy, 43 TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY, No. 6, 49-62 (July, 2019); available at:;

Rob Frieden, Two-sided Internet Markets and the Need to Assess Both Upstream and Downstream Impacts, 68 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY             LAW REVIEW 713-760 (2019);

Rob Frieden, How Internet Platforms Intermediaries Affect Competition and Consumers, 20 NETWORK INDUSTRIES QUARTERLY, No. 3, 3-8 (June, 2018);

Rob Frieden, The Internet of Platforms and Two-Sided Markets: Implications for Competition and Consumers, 63 VILLANOVA LAW REVIEW 269-320 (2018);

Rob Frieden, Freedom to Discriminate: Assessing the Lawfulness and Utility of Biased Broadband Networks, 20 VANDERBILT JOURNAL OF ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW, 655-708 (2018);

Rob Frieden, The Mixed Blessing in Subsidized Internet Access, 15 COLORADO TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL 269-306 (2017);

Rob Frieden, Grey nuances in the black and white debate over subsidized Internet access, 41 TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY 1017-1026 (2017);;

Rob Frieden, Conflict in the Network of Networks: How Internet Service Providers Have Shifted from Partners to Adversaries, 38 COMMUNICATIONS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL, No. 1, 63-90 (Winter, 2016);

Ex Ante Versus Ex Post Approaches to Network Neutrality: A Comparative Assessment, 30 Berkeley Technology Law Journal, No. 2, 1562-1612 (2015);

Déjà vu All Over Again: Questions and a Few Suggestions on How the FCC Can Lawfully Regulate Internet Access, 67 Federal Communications Law Journal, No. 3, 325-376 (2015);

What’s New in the Network Neutrality Debate, 2015 Michigan State Law Review 739-786;

What’s New in Internet Protocol Television and the Challenge of “Mission Critical” Bits, 33 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, No. 1, 47-87 (2015).      

The Costs and Benefits of Regulatory Intervention in Internet  Disputes: Lessons from Broadcast Signal Retransmission Consent Negotiations 37 Communications & Entertainment Law Journal, No.  1, 1-36 (Winter, 2015)

New models and conflicts in the interconnection and delivery of Internet- mediated content, 38 Telecommunications Policy, No. 11, 970-978  (Dec. 2014);

The Impact of Next Generation Television on Consumers and the First  Amendment, 24 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, & Entertainment Law Journal, No. 1, 61-95 (2014); and

The Rise of Quasi-Common Carriers and Conduit Convergence, 9 I/S: A Journal of Law and Polcy for the Information Society, No. 3, 471-496 (2014).

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)



Rob Frieden, Operations of Internet Platform Intermediaries, in APPLIED ECONOMICS IN THE DIGITAL ERA: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF GARY MADDEN, James Alleman, Mohsen Hamoudia & Paul Rappoport (eds.) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, in production).

Rob Frieden, An Introduction to Data Property Ownership Rights and Data Protection Responsibilities, in RESEARCH ON COMPREHENSIVE NETWORK GOVERNANCE IN THE ERA OF DIGITAL ECONOMY, Bin Zhang, ed. (Beijing: BUPT Press, 2019).

Rob Frieden, Achieving a Level Competitive Playing Field in a Convergent and Concentrating Telecommunications Marketplace, in Jorge Pérez Martínez and Zoraida Frías Barroso, eds. A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR THE DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM, 165- 196 (Madrid: Fundación Telefónica, 2016).