Bishops’ communications chairman welcomes FCC vote on net neutrality

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February 26, 2015

Woman walks past U.S. Capitol in Washington

A woman checks her smartphone as she walks past the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Federal Communications Commission’s vote Feb. 26 to preserve an “open Internet” and safeguard net neutrality was welcomed in many quarters of the country, including by the chairman of U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications.

“The Internet is a critical medium for religious speech. Radio, broadcast television and cable television are, in large part, closed to noncommercial religious messages,” said a Feb. 26 statement by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City.

“From the inception of the Internet until the mid-2000s, Internet service providers were not permitted to discriminate or tamper with what was said over those Internet connections,” he added. “Today, the FCC restores this protection for speakers, protection particularly important to noncommercial religious speakers.”

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