July 12, 2017

James A. Smith Sr.





NRB Reiterates Support for Internet Freedom

FCC Chairman is Correct to Roll Back Title II Power Grab

WASHINGTON (NRB) – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) today reiterated its support for internet freedom and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to return to a “light-touch” regulatory environment that honors free speech and free enterprise online.

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, stated:

NRB strongly opposed the Obama Administration’s unilateral internet power grab two years ago. As current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has noted on several occasions, the internet wasn’t broken in 2015. Chairman Pai is to be applauded for his fair and transparent efforts to roll back the agency’s assumption of new heavy-handed Title II powers.

At the time of the partisan 2015 FCC vote to assert Title II internet authority, the NRB Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved a resolution opposed to such a move. 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.

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