FCC chair calls for more self-regulation of indecency on cable TV

FCC chair calls for more self-regulation of indecency on cable TV

[JURIST] Kevin Martin [official profile], the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission [official website], called on members of the cable TV industry Tuesday to find ways to help parents regulate indecent content. Martin spoke at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association [official website] annual meeting, advocating for increased involvement of the cable TV industry in allowing parents to keep indecent content from their children. Martin offered the possibilities of improved technology or tiered cable subscriptions with "family-friendly" channels. Industry representatives have been pushing for continued self-regulation and limited restrictions, hoping to keep Congress from passing tougher regulatory laws on decency. Some cable TV executives have, however, expressed concern that a tiered package plan would be unconstitutional because it might violate freedom of speech rights. Visit the FCC Obscenity and Indecency site. Newsday has more.