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FCC requests comment on potential indecency regulation changes

By Kathryn May | Posted - Apr 10th, 2013 @ 5:43pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing its broadcast indecency policies and is asking for public opinion, a move that has some people concerned about a possible change and what could be allowed on television and radio in the future.

The enforcement bureau has dropped or settled more than a million indecency complaints since September. For now, it is just focusing on the most egregious cases while the FCC reviews its policies.

As part of the process, it wants to know what consumers think: Should the broadcast indecency policies change? Should the F-word be allowed on TV and radio? Should non-sexual nudity be allowed on TV?

The potential changes have some concerned, including Casey Pace, a mother of three in West Jordan. She said she worries about what her kids might see on television.

"At a young age, it's really important that they stay in tune with what feels good to them on TV," she said. "So as they get older or at a friend's house, more and more things come on TV, they'll go, ‘Oh I don't like that.' "

To share your opinion with the FCC:
  1. Go to http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=&filedFrom=X.
  2. Enter the code "13-86" in the "Proceeding Number" box and fill out the few remaining required fields.
  3. Enter your comment in the text box provided and click "Continue."
  4. From there, review your comment and click "Confirm."

Pace said she tries to monitor what her children watch on TV, but it's not always easy.

"The things that I see, I go, ‘Ahh, don't watch that part,' " she said. "Even on the Super Bowl, we love to watch the commercials, but even those type of commercials …"

Thousands have gone to the FCC website since the organization posted a public notice April 1 asking for public opinion. The comments can be read here.

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