FCC to take up rules on television commercial volumes


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, the Federal Communication Commission is expected to take action and limit the volume of television commericals.

The FCC is expected to pass regulations which would require television stations to keep similar volumes on programming and TV commericals, according to USA Today.

The regulation means commercials must have the same average volume as the programs they accompany, according to the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Last year, President Obama signed a law giving the FCC the power to address the problem. At that time, a Harris poll found 86% of television viewers reported commercials were much louder than the program they were watching.

While the FCC is taking action, the regulation isn't expected to go into effect for a full year.