June 17, 2009, - 12:44 pm

Another Urgent Priority of Congress

By Debbie Schlussel
America’s economy is in shambles. So is American society, with American kids lagging behind in achievement in science, math, and reading, and lagging ahead in illegitimate teen pregnancies.
But Members of Congress, like Democrat Anna Eshoo, have the solution to it all.

Some members of Congress want broadcasters to turn down the volume on television commercials.
A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.) would require the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to “preclude commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany.”
Broadcasters say they are addressing the problem already. . . . Rep. Eshoo’s bill could slow TV stations’ voluntary efforts to control commercial volumes because any FCC proceeding would generate debate and uncertainty.


Final review of an industry standard on commercial volume is expected in July, and broadcasters could begin implementing it by fall, he said.

Here’s a tip for Congresschick Eshoo: There’s this amazing new invention. It’s called a remote control. We’ve had it for several decades now. But maybe you haven’t heard.
Try one.
Of all of the problems facing America, she picks this one?

4 Responses

Commercials are hardly time wasters today. You can zip right through them. A federal law doesn’t need to fix what ain’t broken.

NormanF on June 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm

How ’bout that…for the very 1st time I disagree w/ ya’ Deb.Here in the Boston area the commercials are at least 3 db (actually near 5db) louder than pgm content.It’s very annoying having to grab the remote every 10 min. to turn down the volumne during commercials.
This battle was fought 20+ yrs ago & the FCC ordered that commercial vol. be turned down.So what did the stations due & still meet the letter of the law ???
Of course they “lowered” the volumne of the pgm because it was “legal” to, the FCC didn’t say anything about that !!!
BTW,it takes a 3db (decible),or twice the vol. level,in order for the human ear to hear a change.

billybob on June 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I agree with billybob that the volume changes are annoying (especially when you’re in a room with a sleeping child and volume balance is critical). But the government shouldn’t be stepping in whenever something’s annoying.

DavidKman on June 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Beggars can’t be picky – with Obama running everything Congress can only run with the crumb issues.

sandy on June 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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