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3 easy steps: Tell the FCC how you feel about TV decency

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 1:48 a.m. MDT

F-bombs” and some female frontal nudity could soon become kosher for primetime TV — but major media outlets have largely ignored that development during the 10 days that have transpired since the Federal Communications Commission announced it is considering relaxing the decency standards that govern nudity and profanity on broadcast television. (Shutterstock) F-bombs” and some female frontal nudity could soon become kosher for primetime TV — but major media outlets have largely ignored that development during the 10 days that have transpired since the Federal Communications Commission announced it is considering relaxing the decency standards that govern nudity and profanity on broadcast television. (Shutterstock)

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed changes to its policies governing how decency standards are enforced with regards to broadcast television. Per the FCC’s Public Notice published April 1, the proposed policy would exclusively limit FCC enforcement to “egregious cases” of indecency — in other words, only “deliberate and repetitive use in a patently offensive manner” of profanities and partial nudity would be subject to punishment.

In the opinion of the American Family Association, the new policies would ostensibly “allow network television and local radio stations to air the F-word, the S-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening.”

Interested parties have until April 30 to file a comment about the FCC's proposal. As of April 12, more than 56,000 people had filed comments with the FCC about this matter. For those who are interested in telling the FCC how they feel about the proposed changes to TV decency standards, below are three simple steps for doing so.

Go to http://apps.fcc.gov

Fill in the "required fields" that are empty — your name, address and the comment you want to become part of the public record — and click “Continue.”

Inspect your comment for accuracy, and click “Confirm.”

Jamshid Ghazi Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at jaskar@desnews.com or 801-236-6051.

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