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For Immediate Release
December 21, 2010

Contact:
Linda Smith 703-331-4507
Craig Parshall 703-330-7000


 

 

INTERNET TRAFFIC CONTROL OR CONTENT REGULATION?

 

Manassas, VA – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) remains concerned about today’s FCC vote in support of net neutrality. “In my view, this FCC effort to exert a broad new regulatory authority, without statutory support, is ripe for the ‘Law of Unintended Consequences’,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. “The Commission asserts that this new authority is only about network traffic management, but how long before this or some future Commission construes that authority to include content regulation as well?”
 
NRB Sr. Vice President and General Counsel Craig Parshall agreed. “Just because the question of federal regulation of the Internet is complex, doesn't give the FCC license to get it wrong. Once again, the Commission has, regrettably, proposed a solution for a problem that has not been identified.”

“The current proposal is still too fuzzy to understand, but this much we know: the FCC's proposal is woefully inadequate to protect the free speech rights of web users,” continued Parshall. “At a minimum, it will allow wireless platforms, like Apple's iPhone apps, to discriminate against Christian content, as it did recently by blocking the Manhattan Declaration. On the land-wire side of the Internet, it will slow down investment and innovation, with no clear guidelines on free speech."

Read NRB’s related Comment, filed with the FCC, regarding appropriate federal authority for governing the Internet.


About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers.  Our mission is to keep the doors of electronic media open for the spread of the Gospel.  In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About the NRB Convention
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. NRB 2011 is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 26 - March 1, 2011. For registration and other Convention information visit www.nrbconvention.org.

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