Contact FCC Commissioners
Michael Copps and Kevin Martin and thank them for their stand
in asking the TV networks to reinstate the family-viewing hour. Also,
and urge them to join Copps and Martin in their stand.
445 12th Street SW
Phone: 888-CALL-FCC (225-5322) TTY: 888-TELL-FCC
Chairman Michael K.
Kathleen Q. Abernathy:
Michael J. Copps:
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein:
Contact all of the Commissioners
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- 18,500 Names Collected so far
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Read Commissioner Copps' Statements on the Family
Read Commissioner Martin's Statements on the
The FCC: A Failure of
Can the FCC Even Count?
According to Concerned
Women for America, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
received over 6,900 complaints regarding last November's broadcast of
the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
The number of complaints is encouraging, but it was offset by the
curious reaction by the agency: in its quarterly report of Consumer
Inquiries and Complaints, released March 27,
the agency explicitly stated that it
counted them as one single complaint.
Talk about the �new math.�
Because of this creative counting, the number of complaints for October,
November and December only added up to 97 (96 plus 6,900 if you go by
the FCC's bookkeeping). For months the PTC has been pushing the agency
for better enforcement of decency standards. This latest example just
proves once again how little the FCC weighs the concerns of ordinary
citizens. This week FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy told the Cable
Television Public Affairs Association that she would like to see the FCC
make it easier for parents to file indecency complaints with the FCC.
But what good would that do if in the eyes of the FCC 7,000 carry the
same weight as one?
In its 2003 Budget Estimate
to Congress, the FCC asked for �$278,092,000
and 1,975 full-time equivalents ("FTEs")� in order to maintain existing
programs. Why on earth should Congress appropriate
that much money to a Federal
agency that doesn�t even do the job it is mandated by law to do?
It�s long past time for the
FCC to get serious about citizen complaints and start upholding Federal
PTC Members are encouraged
to take action and write to the FCC, demanding that they stop playing
around with numbers and take the complaints of ordinary Americans
It is a violation of Federal law to broadcast obscene or indecent
programming. Obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment
and cannot be broadcast at any time.
The FCC has
defined broadcast indecency as language or material that, in context,
depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by
contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or
"excretory organs or activities". Do you feel that the
following shows/instances meet these standards? If so, please take a moment today to
file an official complaint
with the FCC.
File an FCC Indecency Complaint on "The Golden
Globe Award Show" - The "f" word was aired uncensored by NBC
Over 18,500 Complaints have been filed so far. File