Federal Communications Commission Considers Decency Standard

By: Kyle Fischer
By: Kyle Fischer

FCC chairman Michael Powell suggests a universal code of decency for all television broadcasters.

It’s an idea he says they should pursue as soon as possible because they might not like the results if they leave setting standards up to the government.

The television industry's original code was dropped in 1982 under the Regan administration due to pressure on both antitrust and First Amendment grounds.

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps joined Powell in urging the broadcasters to reinstate the code.


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