IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 18, 2008
Mr. Wicker introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To require the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe a standard to preclude commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany.
This Act may be cited as the
Commercial Advertisement Loudness
Rulemaking on loud commercials required
Within one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission shall prescribe pursuant to the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) a regulation that provides, in connection with any video programming that is broadcast or that is distributed by any multichannel video programming distributor, that—
advertisements accompanying such video programming shall not be excessively noisy or strident;
such advertisements shall not be presented at modulation levels substantially higher than the program material that such advertisements accompany; and
the average maximum loudness of such advertisements shall not be substantially higher than the average maximum loudness of the program material that such advertisements accompany.
For purposes of this section, the terms video programming and multichannel video programming distributor have the meanings given such terms in section 602 of Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 522).