In a letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and each FCC Commissioner, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide pro-decency organization, joined the Parents Television Council and 26 other organizations and individuals concerned about the media’s impact on children urging the Commission “to take immediate steps to evaluate whether the existing age-based television content ratings system is serving the needs of parents and families.”
The current battle stretches back a year, when a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s previous net neutrality rules, written by President Obama’s law school buddy and then-FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
In its ruling, the court effectively told the FCC that it had the authority to police traffic on the Internet, but that its rules were written incorrectly. The previous rules were written for “telecommunications” services such as phone lines, the court said, whereas broadband Internet had been classified as an “information” service.
If the Comcast/Time Warner merger is completed, they will control what is viewed on more than half of the televisions in the nation. Congress has directed FCC to review merger transactions under the Communications Act and to determine whether the proposed transaction would serve “the public interest, convenience, and necessity.” The FCC decision will impact every consumer of entertainment, news, sports and educational programming as well as every subscriber to high speed internet. This issue does not just pertain to subscribers of Comcast and Time Warner. In the last 30 days over 43,000 comments have been left on the FCC website concerning the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner – most in opposition to such a merger. What do you think about such a merger?
There will be confirmation hearing held this afternoon for President Obama’s FCC nominee Michael O’Rielly. He must be asked at least one simple question: “Will he do his job and enforce the federal decency law?”
The President has nominated Michael O’Rielly to be a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however Mr. O’Rielly has yet to address a very important question. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) has signed onto a letter to the chairman and members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation asking that they ask specific questions of Mr. O’Rielly during today’s confirmation hearing.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a broadcast decency advocate, is mostly pleased by the United States Supreme Court decision in the Federal Communications Commission v. Fox case handed down today upholding the federal broadcast decency law (18 USC 1464) including the “fleeting expletives” rule. As television programming aired over the people’s airwaves continues its assault on our senses the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must do its part in enforcing the law.