Rob Frieden


Rob Frieden

Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law

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  • Telecommunications
  • Internet Infrastructure
  • Cable Television
  • Satellite Television
  • Net Neutrality


  • J.D.: University of Virginia School of Law
  • Bachelor's: University of Pennsylvania



Rob Frieden holds the Pioneers Chair and serves as professor of telecommunications and law.

Professor Frieden has written several books, most recently "Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes: Can the United States Compete in Global Telecommunications," published by Yale University Press. Frieden also has written more than 100 articles in academic journals and provides biannual updates for All About Cable and Broadband (Law Journal Press).

Before accepting an academic appointment, Frieden served as Deputy Director-International Relations for Motorola Satellite Communications Inc. Frieden also has held senior telecommunications policy making positions in the United State government. 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. 


In the News


Representative List

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).

The Rise of Quasi-Common Carriers and Conduit Convergence, 9 I/S: A JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY, No. 3, 471-496 (2014).

Identifying Best Practices in Financing Next Generation Networks, 29 THE INFORMATION SOCIETY: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, No.4, 234-247 (2013).

The Mixed Blessing of a Deregulatory Endpoint for the Public Switched Telephone Network, 37 TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY, No. 4-5, 400- 412 (May, 2013).

Do Conduit Neutrality Mandates Promote or Hinder Trust in Internet-mediated Transactions?, 28 COMPUTER, LAW & SECURITY REVIEW, 560-567 (2012).

Rationales For and Against Regulatory Involvement in Resolving Internet Interconnection Disputes, 14 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY 266-313 (2012).

<span id="cke_bm_125S" none;"=""> Assessing the Need for More Incentives to Stimulate Next Generation Network Investment, 7 I/S: A JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY, No. 2, 207-256 (2012).

Legislative and Regulatory Strategies for Providing Consumer Safeguards in a Convergent Information and Communications Marketplace, 33 HASTINGS COMMUNICATIONS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL, No. 1, 207-248 (Winter, 2011).

Assessing the Merits of Network Neutrality Obligations at Low, Medium and High Network Layers, 115 PENN STATE LAW REVIEW, No. 1, 49-82 (Summer, 2010)

Invoking and Avoiding the First Amendment: How Internet Service Providers Leverage Their Status as Both Content Creators and Neutral Conduits, 12 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, No. 5, 1279-1323 (June, 2010).

Case Studies in Abandoned Empiricism and the Lack of Peer Review at the Federal Communications Commission, 8 JOURNAL ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS & HIGH TECHNOLOGY LAW 277 (2010).

Lock Down on the Third Screen: How Wireless Carriers Evade Regulation of Their Video Services, 24 BERKELEY TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL, 819 (Spring, 2009).

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Developing a Clearer Assessment of Market Penetration and Broadband Competition in the United States, 14 VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY, 100 (Summer, 2009).

Hold the Phone: Assessing the Rights of Wireless Handset Owners and Carriers, 69 PITTSBURG LAW REVIEW, 675 (2008).

Neither Fish Nor Fowl: New Strategies for Selective Regulation of Information Services, 6 JOURNAL ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY LAW, 373 (2008).

Internet Packet Sniffing and Its Impact on the Network Neutrality Debate and the Balance of Power Between Intellectual Property Creators and Consumers, 18 FORDHAM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL, 633 (2008).

Network Neutrality or Bias?—Handicapping the Odds for a Tiered and Branded Internet, 29 HASTINGS COMMUNICATIONS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL, 171 (2007).

What Do Pizza Delivery and Information Services Have in Common? Lessons From Recent Judicial and Regulatory Struggles with Convergence, 32 RUTGERS COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL, 247 (2006).

Lessons From Broadband Development in Canada, Japan, Korea and the United States, 29 TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY, 595 (Sept. 2005).

Revenge of the Bellheads: How the Netheads Lost Control of the Internet, 26 TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY, 125 (Sep./Oct. 2002).

Dialing for Dollars: Will the FCC Regulate Internet Telephony, 23 RUTGERS COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL 47 (1997).

International Telecommunications and the Federal Communications Commission, 21 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 423 (1983).


Rob Frieden
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