If you recall in last week's article, we talked about the annoyance of how commercials on our TVs blast at us with much louder volume than the regular programs. We just got this great news: Beginning on Dec. 13, the FCC's new rules will require TV stations, cable operators, satellite TV providers and other pay TV providers to limit a commercial's average volume to the same average volume as the programming it accompanies. A commercial may have louder and quieter moments, but overall it will be no louder than surrounding programming.
Thank you, God.
Once the rules are in effect, when sending your complaint to the FCC, include the time, channel, a description of the commercial, whether you are watching pay TV or broadcast television using an antenna, and your contact information. You can file your complaint with the FCC's Consumer Call Center at 1 (888) CALL-FCC, 1 (888) 225-5322) to leave a message or 1 (888) TELL-FCC (1 (888) 835-5322) TTY. Your complaint can also be faxed to 1(866) 418-0232, or mailed to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554.
This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org