Congress moves to stop loud TV ads

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Posted: Dec 2, 2010 5:44 PM by Robin Heisser
Updated: Dec 2, 2010 5:44 PM
Source: AP

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WASHINGTON- Congress has passed legislation that could shield TV viewers from loud TV ads when programs go to commercial.

Under the legislation, the Federal Communications Commission will require adoption of industry standards aimed at ensuring that commercials will not be noticeably louder than regular programs.

Complaints have been filed about noisy TV ads, but the FCC currently does not regulate audio levels. The FCC says to use your mute buttons when bombarded by loud ads.

Relief from excessive commercial noise comes a year after the FCC crafts the new regulations, and apply to all broadcast providers, including cable and satellite.

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