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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, contact the other commissioners and urge them to join Copps and Martin in their stand.

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554

Phone: 888-CALL-FCC (225-5322) TTY: 888-TELL-FCC (835-5322)
Fax: 202-418-0232

E-mail:  fccinfo@fcc.gov

Chairman Michael K. Powell: mpowell@fcc.gov

Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy: kabernat@fcc.gov

Commissioner Michael J. Copps: mcopps@fcc.gov

Commissioner Kevin J. Martin: kjmweb@fcc.gov

Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein: jadelste@fcc.gov

Contact all of the Commissioners

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Read Commissioner Copps' Statements on the Family hour

Read Commissioner Martin's Statements on the Family hour

The FCC: A Failure of Enforcement

 

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 decency laws. 

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 seriously.

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 yours Now! Click here.

 

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