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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.
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.
Christian missionary says biggest threat to sharing the Gospel in Africa is terrorism
Christian missionary says biggest threat to sharing the Gospel in Africa is terrorism
Lee Sonius, sub-Saharan Director Africa for Reach Beyond, helps a Kenya town build its first radio station in their district in May 9, 2015. Reach Beyond has planted 5 radio stations in Kenya and 100 stations throughout Africa.
Some NASA employees crying foul over alleged religious censorship at JSC
Some NASA employees crying foul over alleged religious censorship at JSC
A group of NASA employees is crying foul, accusing the Johnson Space Center of censoring the use of the name of Jesus to promote a praise and worship meeting group in a daily email newsletter.
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...
Online public inspection file for radio still in the future
Online public inspection file for radio still in the future
In the last day or two, some broadcast trade press reports may have given the impression that the FCC’s new online public file rules for radio may now be “effective,” suggesting that Top 50 market stations with 5 or more full-time emp...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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).
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.
Christian channel gives hope to refugee children fleeing Syria with on-air education
Christian channel gives hope to refugee children fleeing Syria with on-air education
As more and more people fleeing war in Syria continue to arrive at refugee camps in neighboring countries, one Christian satellite channel has been offering on air-education to children in core curriculum subjects, alongside messages of love, forgivene...
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.
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?
ISIS burns hundreds of Christian textbooks in cultural cleansing of Christianity
ISIS burns hundreds of Christian textbooks in cultural cleansing of Christianity
An Islamic State militant tosses Christian textbooks into a bonfire on the grounds that they are the "books of infidels".
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.
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...
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.
China frees pastor who opposed cross demolitions
China frees pastor who opposed cross demolitions
The Chinese government has given a new year's gift to a Chinese pastor and his family. Pastor Huang Yizi has been freed after spending five months in a government "black jail."
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.
Dutch leaving churches at faster rate
Dutch leaving churches at faster rate
The Netherlands has continued to secularize at a rapid pace in the last decade. A survey conducted every ten years by the country’s largest Christian broadcaster found that less than one in five still attend church on any regular basis.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
Catholic nonprofits must provide contraception, court rules
Catholic nonprofits must provide contraception, court rules
A federal appeals court has ruled that Catholic nonprofits must provide contraception: a mandate included in Obamacare.
How about translators for LPFMs?
How about translators for LPFMs?
Do LPFMs have a place in the translator feeding frenzy? REC Networks, an LPFM advocate and service provider, is asking the Federal Communication Commission to let those low-power stations participate in one of the translator auction windows that are pl...
US, EU strike new Safe Harbor agreement
US, EU strike new Safe Harbor agreement
The Computer & Communications Industry Association, BSA/The Software Alliance and others were welcoming the news that U.S. and European Union negotiators had struck an agreement on a new Safe Harbor framework for commercial data flows between the U.S. ...
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 ...
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.
Worsening persecution in US: Religious leaders see organized group to demonize Christians
Worsening persecution in US: Religious leaders see organized group to demonize Christians
Christian persecution is worsening, and no one can prove this fact better than those who experienced the culture wars up close and personal.
British evangelicals fear government restrictions of religion
British evangelicals fear government restrictions of religion
The Evangelical Alliance United Kingdom is asking the government to cancel requirements from the prime minister that force religious groups to register children’s activities.
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.
How religious can tourism be? Noah's Ark Park passes test
How religious can tourism be? Noah's Ark Park passes test
Last month, a federal judge told Kentucky’s tourism board that it can’t kick the Answers in Genesis (AiG) Ark Encounter — a followup to its nearby Creation Museum — out of a tax rebate program for tourist attractions because of ...
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.
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 approves transparency carveout for small Internet providers
House approves transparency carveout for small Internet providers
The House on Wednesday unanimously passed one of the first pieces of legislation that deals directly with controversial net neutrality regulations passed by the Federal Communications Commission.�
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...
'Religious and historical' icon uncovered at Church of the Nativity
'Religious and historical' icon uncovered at Church of the Nativity
Experts working on the restoration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem found an "iconic painting" that one Palestinian Authority official says is of "great religious and historical value."
Museum of the Bible to offer unique and interactive experience
Museum of the Bible to offer unique and interactive experience
CBN News toured the site of the future Museum of the Bible in the nation's capital, 18 months before its scheduled opening.
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...
McAuliffe vetoes 'religious freedom' bill to chagrin of conservatives
McAuliffe vetoes 'religious freedom' bill to chagrin of conservatives
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prohibited state agencies from punishing religious organizations that discriminate against same-sex couples.
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.
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...
'Christians are increasingly a targeted minority'
'Christians are increasingly a targeted minority'
Christians are the victims of severe persecution around the world and are “increasingly a targeted minority”, an American academic has said.
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...
Wheeler: FCC has authority to regulate broadband rates
Wheeler: FCC has authority to regulate broadband rates
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler told a congressional panel that he did believe the FCC has the authority to regulate broadband rates after the fact.
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.
FTC presses to proceed with throttling lawsuit against AT&T
FTC presses to proceed with throttling lawsuit against AT&T
The Federal Trade Commission says it should be able to sue AT&T for throttling wireless users, even though mobile broadband — which is now classified as a "common carrier" service — is no longer subject to FTC regulation.
Americans ready to answer the President's call to pray for our nation on the 65th Annual National...
Americans ready to answer the President's call to pray for our nation on the 65th Annual National...
Dr. Tony Evans will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman for the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building. Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor o...
Phone subsidy for poor could expand to include broadband
Phone subsidy for poor could expand to include broadband
Federal officials released a draft plan to expand an existing $9.25-per-month phone subsidy for low-income people to include broadband Internet service.
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.
Google testing high-powered transmitters in New Mexico
Google testing high-powered transmitters in New Mexico
As revealed by some Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documentation filed recently, Google is momentarily working on some brand new technology in New Mexico. More specifically, it turns out that Spaceport America in the Jornada del Muerto desert ...
Study: TV is dominant news source
Study: TV is dominant news source
That is according to a study by the Media Insight Project, a partnership of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute, being presented at the Newspaper Association of America mediaXchange 2016 confer...
PTC asks FCC to overhaul TV content ratings
PTC asks FCC to overhaul TV content ratings
Looking at the TV ratings system almost 20 years in, the Parents Television Council does not rate it highly, saying there are virtually no shows rated as suitable for the whole family in primetime, that shows are being mis-rated and that networks ratin...
US lawmakers unanimously declare ISIS atrocities against Christians to be 'genocide'
US lawmakers unanimously declare ISIS atrocities against Christians to be 'genocide'
U.S. lawmakers voted unanimously to approve a motion which declared ISIS' treatment of Christians and other religious minorities is "genocide".
Critics slam draft Senate encryption bill as 'dangerous,' 'misguided'
Critics slam draft Senate encryption bill as 'dangerous,' 'misguided'
Online privacy advocates and civil liberties groups lashed out at a draft version of a Senate bill that would require companies to provide "technical assistance" when authorities seek encrypted information on locked phones.
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...
FCC approves rules process for set-top boxes
FCC approves rules process for set-top boxes
The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step to opening up the pay TV set-top box marketplace.
Does the FCC use the online public file to spot rule violations?
Does the FCC use the online public file to spot rule violations?
In a Notice of Apparent Liability released, the FCC proposed to fine a TV station $20,000 for being late in the filing of 4 years of Quarterly Children’s Television Programming Reports (FCC Form 398). While the penalty is consistent with the ...
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...
FCC to unveil broadband nutrition labels
FCC to unveil broadband nutrition labels
The FCC is teaming up with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to reveal new consumer disclosure labels for broadband designed to help consumers decide what service is right for them. The notices, largely developed by the agency’s Consumer A...
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 ...
More paper flies in spectrum auction challenges
More paper flies in spectrum auction challenges
It’s Madness in March , LPTV style, as the court filings and responses continue to fly over low-power TV participation in the FCC's spectrum auction.
Thousands shed light on Christian persecution with one powerful song
Thousands shed light on Christian persecution with one powerful song
More than 2,000 churches in 48 countries will raise awareness of global Christian persecution with one powerful hymn recently.
Are you prepared? The top 10 regulatory enforcement trends to watch for in 2016
Are you prepared? The top 10 regulatory enforcement trends to watch for in 2016
As we look back at 2015 and ahead into 2016, the regulatory enforcement landscape is becoming increasingly clear. One can begin to see trends that will shape the terrain for the remainder of 2016 and beyond. It is absolutely critical that boards, C-lev...
Stations must act ahead of EAS deadline
Stations must act ahead of EAS deadline
A new year brought new deadlines and requirements for U.S. broadcasters in the realm of emergency alerting, including an important date.
Muslims converting to Christianity in Nigeria, despite brutal persecution
Muslims converting to Christianity in Nigeria, despite brutal persecution
Muslims are converting to Christianity in northern Nigeria amid rapidly rising levels of Christian persecution, which has seen more than ten thousand Christians killed in five years, according to a new report released.
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...
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.
American workers rank last in problem solving with technology
American workers rank last in problem solving with technology
Much has been written about the trouble that American companies have finding and retaining tech workers. It seems that this skills gap, which is at the top of the agenda for many CIOs, reflects a much deeper problem in the U.S., where workers rank last...
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.
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 ... ...
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.
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.
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...