Bill to address listener abuse by too-loud commercials, HR 1084
"The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet has scheduled a hearing for June 11 on H.R.1084, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM).
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), would require the FCC
- to set a standard for commercial volume for broadcast, cable and satellite programming.
- The idea is to insure that the volume of ads isn't too loud
- and isn't louder than the surrounding programming.
The bill, according to Congressional Research Service, would prevent commercials from:
- "(1) being excessively noisy or strident;
- (2) having modulation levels substantially higher than the accompanying program; and
- (3) having an average maximum loudness substantially higher than that of the accompanying program.
The bill, which has 28 co-sponsors, was introduced Feb. 13.
- It was also introduced in the last Congress "
- I hope this passes. sm