|For Immediate Release
February 26, 2015
Nashville, TN – Reacting to the vote today by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose new heavy-handed regulations on the Internet, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, stated:
I am saddened that the FCC voted on partisan lines to dramatically expand federal power over the Internet. Bigger government is not fertile ground for the flourishing of free speech and innovation. This is a power grab, and NRB opposes it.
Earlier this week, the National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved a Resolution opposed to such a move by the Commission. The NRB Board was particularly concerned that free speech values be upheld online.
The NRB Board also highlighted that such action may “send a poor signal to nations that have or are considering more state governance of the Internet,” and may encourage “repressive regimes that would like an international body like the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations to have increased authority over the Internet.”
The full text of this Resolution is available online here
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 advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. 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 NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2015 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2015. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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