US News: difficulty in regulating indecency on cable TV

US Federal Communications Commissioner, Jonathan Adelstein has cautioned that attempts by the FCC to regulate indecency on cable TV channels could run into difficulty when challenged in court.

Cable TV companies are facing mounting pressure to control their content and are hoping that technological measures such as channel blocking will suffice as a means of preventing children viewing indecent or other objectionable content.

Critics and campaign groups point out that not all households have or are able to afford the sort of equipment necessary to block content. Meanwhile Congress is considering new legislation that will allow for wider regulation of content on cable TV as well as higher fines for broadcasting indecent material.


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