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Say ‘Good-Bye’ to Loud TV Commercials — The Best News I’ve Heard All Day

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One of society’s biggest pet peeves is now (hopefully) a thing of the past. It’s time to say good-bye to television commercials that are louder that the TV show you are watching! As of yesterday (Thursday, Dec. 13) it’s now illegal for broadcasters to air excessively loud commercials.

The Federal Communication Commission will monitor compliance of the law, which congress passed back in 2010. The law included a Dec. 13, 2013 deadline for full compliance.

Before the law was passed the FCC simply encouraged viewers to mute the television during commercial breaks — or turn down the volume. Thanks a lot for that advice! Before the law, they claimed it was too difficult to come up with set rules. For one thing, loudness is subjective — just ask the 17-year-old punk with the volume turned up on the radio in the car beside you.

The FCC has a website you can go to in case you want to make a complaint against a broadcaster that is not playing by the rules.

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