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Lawmakers seek to strip Religious Freedom Act of its protections
Lawmakers seek to strip Religious Freedom Act of its protections
Lawmakers in Congress are seeking to gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a move that's causing concern over the future of American religious liberties.
Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter crack down on hate speech
Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter crack down on hate speech
In a code of conduct released, the European Commission said its goal is to squash illegal online hate speech before it goes viral. The commission also called on the technology firms who agreed with the code of conduct to educate and “raise awaren...
Pew Research Center: Majority say news is biased
Pew Research Center: Majority say news is biased
News consumers show a clear preference for getting news on a screen, and the TV screen still leads the way, though there are signs of a big generational shift.
How did the US broadband market grow so anti-competitive?
How did the US broadband market grow so anti-competitive?
Let’s start with a quick show of hands. Who among you hates Comcast? Is there anyone here who’s a customer of a major telecom provider and truly satisfied with their broadband service?
Hello from Seoul: Christian defector broadcasts the gospel into North Korea
Hello from Seoul: Christian defector broadcasts the gospel into North Korea
For an hour each day, Kim Chung-seong, a defector from North Korea and a Christian missionary, takes to the microphone in a small Seoul studio.
Net activists propose policy platform
Net activists propose policy platform
Internet activist groups including Free Press, Public Knowledge and Common Cause, have outlined the Internet policy platform they want the presidential candidates to stand on and it is focused on six main points: Free speech, access, choice, privacy, t...
40,000 Christian migrants in Germany harassed for their faith
40,000 Christian migrants in Germany harassed for their faith
We have to tell the truth, Markus Rode, head of the German-based organization Open Doors said.
300 muslims torch coptic Christians' homes in Egypt as warning not to build new church
300 muslims torch coptic Christians' homes in Egypt as warning not to build new church
A mob of 300 Muslims has torched at least four Coptic Christian houses in the Kom El Loofy village in Samalout, Upper Egypt, because the Christians wanted to build a church on their land.
FAA to require marking for some towers 200 feet or less
FAA to require marking for some towers 200 feet or less
Congress recently passed, and the president signed, H.R. 636 — a/k/a the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016." The primary purpose of this sweeping, 51-page piece of legislation is to ensure the continuity of the FAA's operations for...
Spectrum, the hidden economic gold mine unused by government
Spectrum, the hidden economic gold mine unused by government
With mobile data usage growing off the charts in recent years, the wireless age is fully upon us. But given how important wireless infrastructure is to our economy and how we communicate, the issue of spectrum regulation receives surprisingly little ma...
FCC debuts fresh comment system
FCC debuts fresh comment system
Interested filers can expect to find improved usability, greater reliability, a streamlined process and increased accessibility, the FCC said, saying it is trying to set a standard for IT government agencies. The new system will give users access to al...
Rejected by mosques, muslim refugees in the UK turn to Christ
Rejected by mosques, muslim refugees in the UK turn to Christ
Muslims seeking asylum in the United Kingdom are converting to Christianity at a parish church in the English Midlands, according to The Guardian.
Cruz touts bill as 'last chance' to delay internet domain handoff
Cruz touts bill as 'last chance' to delay internet domain handoff
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is circulating a new bill that would prevent the government from handing off oversight of the internet domain name system without approval from Congress.
States win the right to limit municipal broadband, beating FCC in court
States win the right to limit municipal broadband, beating FCC in court
The FCC in February 2015 voted to block laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories. The FCC, led by Chairman Tom Wheeler, claimed it could preempt the laws because Congress g...
House budget bill guts net neutrality, kills FCC authority
House budget bill guts net neutrality, kills FCC authority
House GOP members have pretty much been trying to punish the FCC for standing up to large ISPs since the regulator passed net neutrality rules last year. The latest effort involves a new bill that professes to address FCC "transparency" — but act...
Ending the decade long battle over special access reform
Ending the decade long battle over special access reform
It’s no secret that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler arrived on the job under the mantra of “competition, competition, competition.” And with accomplishments like the Open Internet order and the rejection of the ...
Christian students in China barred from going to college unless they stop going to church
Christian students in China barred from going to college unless they stop going to church
Chinese students attending a Christian house church in the central Guizhou province are being threatened by government authorities who are warning them that if they don't stop going to the church, they will be barred from going to college.
California bill would strip Christian colleges of religious freedom
California bill would strip Christian colleges of religious freedom
A California bill designed to protect LGBT students from discrimination, could also violate freedom of speech and religion at Christian colleges and universities.
Obama administration backs plan to relinquish Internet control
Obama administration backs plan to relinquish Internet control
The Obama administration is getting behind a plan that would have the U.S. government relinquish its last bit of control over the Internet — a move Republican lawmakers are fighting tooth-and-nail.
Soon-to-come bill puts parental rights back on the charts
Soon-to-come bill puts parental rights back on the charts
With parental rights degenerating, Congress will again consider a constitutional amendment to put the U.S. back on course — but it will be a tough process to gain passage.
Supreme Court sends Little Sisters case back to lower courts
Supreme Court sends Little Sisters case back to lower courts
The Supreme Court announced that it would not rule on a case involving Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of Catholic nuns leading the challenge against contraception requirements for religious nonprofits. Instead, justices unanimously decided to se...
How to meet the new public inspection file requirements
How to meet the new public inspection file requirements
Mark your calendar - OPIF is about to hit the spotlight. Many U.S. broadcast radio stations will be required to begin using the Federal Communications Commission’s new database known as the Online Public Inspection File or OPIF.
New York Senate passes anti-'hate speech' bill for universities
New York Senate passes anti-'hate speech' bill for universities
The legislation states that universities must "adopt rules that any student group that receives funding from the [university] that directly or indirectly promotes, encourages, or permits discrimination, intolerance, hate speech or boycotts against a pe...
House passes bill to protect religious medical professionals who don't perform abortions
House passes bill to protect religious medical professionals who don't perform abortions
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to protect religious health care providers and medical professionals from being penalized by government agencies for refusing to be involved in or provide coverage for abortions.
Radio jobs: Down 27 percent over 25 years
Radio jobs: Down 27 percent over 25 years
If you work in U.S. radio broadcasting, you are part of an increasingly exclusive club.
Australian warning to American churches
Australian warning to American churches
As the culture wars continue across the United States, a leading Australian public relations specialist who deals with churches and faith-based organizations across the world has urged American churches not to be afraid to speak out about their values.
With last-minute regulations, FCC has its eye on the clock
With last-minute regulations, FCC has its eye on the clock
According to a 2012 study by the Administrative Conference of the United States, "there has been a documented increase in the volume of regulatory activity during the last months of presidential terms." The rules adopted during this late-term regulator...
Beefing up video description requirements?
Beefing up video description requirements?
Way back at the dawn of the century (the 21st Century, that is), the FCC adopted rules requiring video providers to include “video descriptions” in their transmission. “Video description” involves the insertion, into natural pau...
Iowa bureaucrats force trans bathrooms on churches, forbid non-PC preaching
Iowa bureaucrats force trans bathrooms on churches, forbid non-PC preaching
Iowa churches and church-run daycares must let males and females pee, dress, and shower next to each other, and pastors and Christians could be brought before extrajudicial tribunals if they "directly or indirectly" make "persons of any particular ... ...
Research showing less and less belief in absolute truth
Research showing less and less belief in absolute truth
According to the survey of 1,000 Americans by Nashville-based LifeWay Research, about 60 percent don't believe it's immoral for people to identify with a gender different from their birth. Americans are slightly more concerned about altering gender thr...
White House hammers FCC-targeted appropriations riders
White House hammers FCC-targeted appropriations riders
The Obama Administration signaled that the President will almost certainly veto a House appropriations bill if it includes a variety of riders, including ones blocking the FCC's net neutrality rule enforcement and a vote on its set-top box proposal.
Russia's proposed law: No evangelizing outside of church
Russia's proposed law: No evangelizing outside of church
Christians in Russia won't be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia's newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted.
How nondiscrimination bill threatens christian colleges, religious freedom
How nondiscrimination bill threatens christian colleges, religious freedom
One year after the Supreme Court's ruling to redefine marriage, threats to religious liberty are growing. On June 30, the California State Legislature's Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1146, intended to restrict Christian ...
Keeping internet governance out of the wrong hands
Keeping internet governance out of the wrong hands
The U.S. government's decision to fully privatize oversight of the internet Domain Name System (DNS) is running into resistance. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) introduced a bill, S. 3034 / H.R. 5418, to "protect [the Internet] fro...
New bill would force colleges to publicize religious exemptions
New bill would force colleges to publicize religious exemptions
A Democratic legislator from Massachusetts has introduced a bill that would make it mandatory for colleges and universities to publicize their religious exemptions.
Separation of Powers Restoration Act key to rebalancing government
Separation of Powers Restoration Act key to rebalancing government
A federal court decision relied on the “Chevron doctrine” in upholding the FCC’s reclassification of broadband internet access as a telecommunications service to establish “net neutrality” rules. And not too long before th...
Charter Communications completes $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable
Charter Communications completes $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable
Charter Communications Inc. on Wednesday said it completed its $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., solidifying the formation of a telecommunications behemoth that faced regulatory hurdles and criticism from consumer groups.
Putin signs measure revoking religious freedom: 'Most restrictive in post-soviet history'
Putin signs measure revoking religious freedom: 'Most restrictive in post-soviet history'
This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church, said Dr. Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, reports National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).
Facebook's internet drone takes flight
Facebook's internet drone takes flight
A drone with the wingspan of a commercial airliner but the power consumption of a hair dryer lumbered into the air over Arizona, a milestone in Facebook's effort to bring Internet access to unconnected areas of the world.
PTC launches TV ratings revamp petition
PTC launches TV ratings revamp petition
The Parents Television Council, joined by various familiar TV content critics (28 of them), continues to push for an overhaul of the TV ratings system.
Australia passes 'blasphemy' law
Australia passes 'blasphemy' law
Vilification on the grounds of religion is now illegal in Australia and in serious cases could result in a criminal conviction with a fine of up to $7500, under laws passed by the ACT parliament. Both Labor and Liberal supported the move put by the...
7,000 churches fasting, praying over terrifying new persecution law
7,000 churches fasting, praying over terrifying new persecution law
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country's many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting.