Posts Tagged ‘FCC’

Another Attack on Religious Liberty

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Regulating Religion

The FCC is going after ministries which broadcast on television.  As Politico reports, since 2006, religious broadcasters had been widely exempted from the closed captioning requirement due to expenses involved, but just in time for the 2012 campaign season, those exemptions that had been issued under a much broader interpretation are now being pulled, and religious broadcasters will be forced to re-apply, demonstrating the excessive expense on a case-by-case basis.  I am frequently cynical about such things, but since religious broadcasters tend to be Christians more apt to raise moral issues important to Republicans, I suspect this has more to do with politics than any concern for deaf and hard-of-hearing interest groups said to be behind the regulatory move.  This is a move against Christian conservatives under the guise of regulating broadcasting.

There will be little you can do about it, but I expect that the Obama administration will use this to silence some broadcasters they find more likely to rouse voters in a conservative direction via their religious teachings.  Bet on it.

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Big Test of Emergency Alert System

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Don't Worry, They'll Warn Us

Four minutes.  That’s how long the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be taking down all broadcast television and radio signals at one time to be replaced by their emergency broadcast.  You can see the original public notice at the FCC’s website.  Conspiracy theorists are naturally running wild with speculation, since the government has never conducted this sort of widespread test before.  On Wednesday, the 9th of November, at 2pm Eastern time, the test will be conducted. It’s an odd coincidence that this is being done on the 9th day of the 11th month, isn’t it?  OR IS IT?  (Now you can get out your tin-foil hats, if you like.)

We’ve been living with these broadcast interruptions for my whole life, and the normal response is to change the channel.  The FCC wants to be sure you can’t ignore this one, and of course, there will doubtless be millions of people who won’t get the word, and who will panic and dial 9-1-1.  You may wish to pass the word along to friends, relatives, and neighbors, to help alleviate any undue fear or apprehension.  On the other hand, if your friends, relatives, and neighbors are “conspiracy kooks,” you may only agitate them unnecessarily for the next two weeks.  Whatever you decide, be sure to check in here.  If anything big does go down, I’ll let you know.  Unless the President uses that “Internet Off-Switch” they’ve given him. You never know…