Broadcast Indecency Regulation: The Profanity Standard

In Complaints Regarding Various Television Broadcasts Between February 2, 2002 and March 8, 2005 (FCC 06-17, Mar. 15, 2006), the FCC discussed the standard used for determining when broadcasters violate the prohibition on broadcast profanity. The broadcast of “obscene, indecent, or profane language by means of radio communication” is prohibited. 18 USC

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  1. It’s a shame that our nation’s courts have to go to all this trouble to legally define indecency. In fact, it seems illogical given the fact that individuals already have the information (ratings) and content-blocking tools that they need to block out any content that they don’t want to see, regardless of how that content is transmitted over the airwaves.
    TV Watch ( is adding a voice of reason and balance to the indecency debate. Check it out…before the government increases its power to make more subjective decisions for us all.

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