Congressional legislation introduced to bring down THE VOLUME ON TV COMMERCIALS


Bringing Down the Volume of Loud Commercials
Kim Hart

Ever get sick of those commercials that seem to be a lot louder than the show you’re watching?

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) sympathizes with you.

The senator yesterday introduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to bar commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany. It’s called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act.

“Excessively loud television commercials are annoying and drive families away from quality programming,” Wicker said in a news release. “This bill is a common sense approach to a problem that plagues individuals across the nation and will create a more enjoyable television experience. As a member of the Commerce Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this legislation a reality.”

The bill has companion legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-CA).

Should this issue be a top priority for Congress and the FCC?

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3 Responses to “Congressional legislation introduced to bring down THE VOLUME ON TV COMMERCIALS”

  1. ghotiboy1 Says:

    And we pay these people WHY? As one of my good friends says, “Burn it down…Burn it ALL down…”

  2. TP Says:

    Simple, yet brilliant!

    Sure, it’s not National Security but it will soften my decades of annoyance at blaring, jarring, ear piercing advertisements! and make TV time more enjoyable.

    If this legislation passes, I will be less likely to fast-forward through commercials. It seems to be a win-win, especially if it’s across the board.

    Nice job, Mr. Wicker and Ms. Eshoo!

  3. drtombibey Says:

    I posted on this subject on my blog today.

    Dr. B

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