Just when you thought it was safe to say @$&!%!

February 10, 2005 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill that could raise fines for broadcasts of indecent material to as much as $500,000. The current maximum fine is $32,500, but the Senate has already approved a new maximum of $325,000 with a $3 million cap for continuing violations. The House bill would also require that the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) consider revoking a television or radio stations license after three violations. Ironically, the FCC has recently given indications that its policing of indecency violations may be returning to a reasonable level as discussed in this post here. However, if Congress has anything to say about this trend, the Commission will be right back to its over zealous ways. Watch out, Dr. Phil, you’re next!

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