|For Immediate Release
July 15, 2010
Washington, D.C. – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) filed a Comment this morning with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding federal authority to govern the Internet. Since the recent Comcast v. FCC Court of Appeals decision rejected the FCC’s past framework for regulating the network management decisions of Internet Service Providers (ISP's), the FCC is re-working their legal basis for future Internet regulation.
NRB suggests caution. “We live in a time where ‘legislation by regulation’ has run amok,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. “The FCC should await statutory authority from Congress before seeking to exert new and broad regulatory powers over the Internet.”
Craig Parshall, NRB’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, emphasized, "The FCC has now suggested governing Internet services by using Title II of the Communications Act. Not only is this legally inappropriate, it would also pave the way for an expansive regulation of web activities. We find this troubling on a number of fronts. Equally troubling is the FCC's reluctance to focus on what we believe ought to be the highest priority: protecting the First Amendment rights of consumer communications over the Internet.”
“NRB has proposed a narrow legal basis by which the FCC could insure that, in the future, Internet users would not have their communications blocked simply because of the religious viewpoints expressed,” continued Parshall. “On the other hand, if the FCC wants to pursue its broad plan to federally regulate Internet service, then Congress is going to have to expressly grant that authority."
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