Ten Commandments Commission President Voices Support for 'Multicast Must-Carry' Legislation
Boca Raton, FL (October 13, 2005) --- Ron Wexler, President and CEO of the Ten Commandments Commission, is speaking out in favor of proposed federal legislation that would prevent cable and satellite companies from excluding channels because they are religious.
"In 1992 when Congress passed the 'Must Carry' law that required cable companies to carry all locally available networks, faith-based television became a reality in millions of households across the nation," explained Wexler. "Now the federal government is mandating that television stations convert from analog to digital, giving broadcasters - including faith-based and religious broadcasters -- the opportunity to offer multiple channels in every city they have a presence."
Wexler noted that such an advance would mean additional faith-based channels broadcasting more uplifting music, ministry, and inspirational programming in communities all over America. "That kind of opportunity is right in line with the vision of a transformed America we have at the Ten Commandments Commission," said Wexler. "It's a vision where the values that made America great are free to be shared with our friends, neighbors, and communities."
Wexler emphasized that for the proposed legislation to pass it is very important for concerned Americans to quickly contact the key legislators involved and encourage them to include a "Multicast Must-Carry" provision in the new federal Digital Law. "That provision will ensure that cable television continues to offer the diverse networks and programming it has been known for, including an expanded selection of wholesome, faith-based programming," he said.
Susan Zahn, an expert in faith-based media and founder of the public relations firm WDC Media, emphasized that the 'Multicast Must-Carry' provision is essential to ensure that religious broadcasters will be able to add and expand their channels on digital television.
"This is a decisive point for religious broadcasters and people of faith need to take a stand for the future," said Zahn.
The Ten Commandments Commission consists of thousands of people of faith who are interested in defending and restoring traditional Judeo-Christian moral standard in society. The co-founders of the commission are Ron Wexler and Pastor Myles Munroe. For more information about the Ten Commandments Commission please visit www.TenCommandmentsDay.com
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