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Text of the CALM Act

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on December 15, 2009 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 16, 2009 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1084

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 16, 2009

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

AN ACT

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act or the CALM Act.

2.

Rulemaking on loud commercials required

(a)

Regulation Required

Within 1 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 is limited to incorporating by reference and making mandatory (subject to any waivers the Commission may grant pursuant to subsection (b)(2)) the Recommended Practice: Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television (A/85), and any successor thereto, approved by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, only insofar as such recommended practice concerns the transmission of commercial advertisements by a television broadcast station, cable operator, or other multichannel video programming distributor.

(b)

Implementation

(1)

Effective Date

The Federal Communications Commission shall prescribe that the regulation adopted pursuant to subsection (a) shall become effective 1 year after the date of its adoption.

(2)

Waiver

For any television broadcast station, cable operator, or other multichannel video programming distributor that demonstrates that obtaining the equipment to comply with the regulation adopted pursuant to subsection (a) would result in financial hardship, the Federal Communications Commission may grant a waiver of the effective date set forth in paragraph (1) for 1 year and may renew such waiver for 1 additional year.

(c)

Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)

the term television broadcast station has the meaning given such term in section 325 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 325); and

(2)

the terms cable operator and multichannel video programming distributor have the meanings given such terms in section 602 of Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 522).

Passed the House of Representatives December 15, 2009.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk.