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Has the FCC ban on loud TV commercials worked?

12
Dec
2013

It has been a year since the CALM Act was officially implemented and promised to curb the volume on those raucous commercials that manage to eke out an extra few decibels from your television. Paul McNamara at Network World has taken a look at some of the data to try and decide whether or not the law has actually had any effect. According to the FCC, there are fewer complaints this year, although in this case, “fewer complaints” still means about 20,000. “Since our rules became effective, the Commission has received nearly 20,000 complaints involving excessively loud commercials,” said FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. “By any measure that is a lot.” Others believe this is a relatively small number in the

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