McDowell: FCC Should Move Ahead On Indecency Complaints
September 28, 2009 at 4:40 AM (PT)
At the NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS conference THURSDAY, FCC Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL told attendees that he thinks the FCC should move forward clearing out the backlog of indecency cases at the Commission rather than wait for the courts to complete their review of challenges to the rule.
BROADCASTING AND CABLE magazine reports that MCDOWELL said, "We are always facing appeals. If we held up every bit of Commission business affected by litigation, we would never decide anything. Whether you are a broadcaster or complaining consumer, I hope that you agree that acting on indecency cases is something we are paid by the American taxpayers to do. It is our job, and we should do it."
MCDOWELL warned, however, that "As we move forward, all of our broadcast content regulations sit on an increasingly unstable legal foundation."