CALM Act makes it to the finish line


Signed at the White House: “S. 2847, the ‘Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation’ or the ‘CALM Act,’ which requires the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe a regulation limiting the volume of audio on commercials transmitted by television broadcast stations, cable operators, and other multichannel video programming distributors.”

The bill came from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and enjoyed widespread bipartisan support. It cleared the Senate unanimously and was approved by voice vote in the House.

Noting the brand new autograph from President Barack Obama, Eshoo observed, “With the signing of the CALM Act, the top consumer complaint to the Federal Communications Commission for over a half century is now addressed. Households across the country will now get the relief they deserve from the annoyance of blaringly loud television commercials.”

Eshoo continued, “Consumers will no longer need to dive for the ‘mute’ button during commercial breaks. My simple, two-page bill reduces the volume of television commercials, allowing them to be no louder than regular programming. It gives the control of sound back to the consumer, where it belongs. While this small bill doesn’t solve the many challenges facing our country, it is a commonsense solution for a national nuisance.”

She concluded, “I’m thrilled to see the CALM Act become law, bringing relief to consumers across the nation, and I’m grateful for the support I’ve received in this effort from every part of the country.”