Legislators ask for CALM Act update


Anna EshooAs implementation of the CALM Act heads for the half-year mark, sponsors Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have asked FCC Acting Chair Mignon Clyburn for a progress report.
Eshoo was the driving force behind the law, and Whitehouse took the lead role in shepherding it through the Senate.

They are particularly interested in the number of waivers requested on the television side, and the number of complaints on the consumer side.

Here are the specific questions they would like answered.

1. How many complaints has the FCC received from consumers reporting commercials that appear louder than the programming they accompany? Please provide a breakdown of these complaints by month beginning in December 2012 and include any comparative data to the number of complaints received before the CALM Act went into effect.

2. Has the FCC observed any patterns with regard to non-compliance?

3. Has the FCC received any specific complaints regarding commercials inserted during “video-on-demand” programming?

4. How many waiver requests has the FCC received for temporary relief from the CALM Act rules and how many of these requests have been granted?