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“CAN YOU SAY THAT ON TV?: AN
EXAMINATION OF THE FCC'S EN-
FORCEMENT WITH RESPECT TO
BROADCAST INDECENCY

HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND

THE INTERNET

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND

COMMERCE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

JANUARY 28, 2004

Serial No. 108–67

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COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE

W.J. “BILLY” TAUZIN, Louisiana, Chairman
RALPH M. HALL, Texas

JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan
MICHAEL BILIRAKIS, Florida

Ranking Member
JOE BARTON, Texas

HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
FRED UPTON, Michigan

EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts
CLIFF STEARNS, Florida

RICK BOUCHER, Virginia
PAUL E. GILLMOR, Ohio

EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York
JAMES C. GREENWOOD, Pennsylvania FRANK PALLONE, Jr., New Jersey
CHRISTOPHER COX, California

SHERROD BROWN, Ohio
NATHAN DEAL, Georgia

BART GORDON, Tennessee
RICHARD BURR, North Carolina

PETER DEUTSCH, Florida
Vice Chairman

BOBBY L. RUSH, Illinois
ED WHITFIELD, Kentucky

ANNA G. ESHOO, California
CHARLIE NORWOOD, Georgia

BART STUPAK, Michigan
BARBARA CUBIN, Wyoming

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York
JOHN SHIMKUS, Illinois

ALBERT R. WYNN, Maryland
HEATHER WILSON, New Mexico

GENE GREEN, Texas
JOHN B. SHADEGG, Arizona

KAREN MCCARTHY, Missouri
CHARLES W. "CHIP” PICKERING,

TED STRICKLAND, Ohio
Mississippi

DIANA DEGETTE, Colorado
VITO FOSSELLA, New York

LOIS CAPPS, California
STEVE BUYER, Indiana

MICHAEL F. DOYLE, Pennsylvania
GEORGE RADANOVICH, California

CHRISTOPHER JOHN, Louisiana
CHARLES F. BASS, New Hampshire

TOM ALLEN, Maine
JOSEPH R. PITTS, Pennsylvania

JIM DAVIS, Florida
MARY BONO, California

JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois
GREG WALDEN, Oregon

HILDA L. SOLIS, California
LEE TERRY, Nebraska

CHARLES A. GONZALEZ, Texas
MIKE FERGUSON, New Jersey
MIKE ROGERS, Michigan
DARRELL E. ISSA, California
C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER, Idaho
JOHN SULLIVAN, Oklahoma

DAN R. BROUILLETTE, Staff Director

JAMES D. BARNETTE, General Counsel
REID P.F. STUNTZ, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND THE INTERNET

FRED UPTON, Michigan, Chairman
MICHAEL BILIRAKIS, Florida

EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts
JOE BARTON, Texas

Ranking Member
CLIFF STEARNS, Florida

BOBBY L. RUSH, Illinois
Vice Chairman

KAREN MCCARTHY, Missouri
PAUL E. GILLMOR, Ohio

MICHAEL F. DOYLE, Pennsylvania
CHRISTOPHER COX, California

JIM DAVIS, Florida
NATHAN DEAL, Georgia

RICK BOUCHER, Virginia
ED WHITFIELD, Kentucky

EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York
BARBARA CUBIN, Wyoming

BART GORDON, Tennessee
JOHN SHIMKUS, Illinois

PETER DEUTSCH, Florida
HEATHER WILSON, New Mexico

ANNA G. ESHOO, California
CHARLES W. "CHIP” PICKERING,

BART STUPAK, Michigan
Mississippi

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York
VITO FOSSELLA, New York

ALBERT R. WYNN, Maryland
CHARLES F. BASS, New Hampshire

GENE GREEN, Texas
MARY BONO, California

JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan,
GREG WALDEN, Oregon

(Ex Officio)
LEE TERRY, Nebraska
W.J. "BILLY” TAUZIN, Louisiana

(Ex Officio)

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“CAN YOU SAY THAT ON TV?”: AN EXAMINATION OF THE FCC'S ENFORCEMENT WITH RESPECT TO BROADCAST INDECENCY

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2004

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS

AND THE INTERNET,

Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:40 a.m., in room 2123, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Fred Upton (chairman) presiding.

Members present: Representatives Upton, Bilirakis, Barton, Gillmor, Deal, Whitfield, Shimkus, Wilson, Pickering, Bass, Walden, Terry, Tauzin (ex officio), Markey, Rush, McCarthy, Davis, Stupak, Engel, Wynn, Green, and Dingell (ex officio).

Also present: Representatives Pitts, Issa, Gonzalez, and Osborne.

Staff present: Kelly Zerzan, majority counsel; Will Nordwind, majority counsel and policy coordinator; Neil Fried, majority counsel; William Carty, legislative clerk; Gregg Rothschild, minority counsel; Peter Filon, minority counsel; and Ashley Groesbeck, staff assistant.

Mr. UPTON. Good morning, everyone.

To start, I would like to just say that we have three Members that are not on the subcommittee that would like to sit in. I am going to ask unanimous consent that they are allowed to sit at the dais and be able to ask questions at the end, following the members of the subcommittee. They would include Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Pitts and Mr. Osborne.

Without objection, that will be ordered.

Good morning again. Today we will be examining the FCC's enforcement of broadcast indecency laws. This hearing is about protecting children from indecency over the public airwaves or, in other words, broadcast TV and radio.

This has nothing to do with the issue of censorship and the case of Lenny Bruce at the Cafe A-Go-Go, as some critics have highlighted. That case is simply irrelevant in today's debate. Nor does this have anything to do with things outside the scope of the public airwaves. In fact, the courts have upheld the constitutionality of our broadcast indecency laws, although they have limited the FCC's enforcement to only that content which is aired between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., when children are most likely to be listening or viewing.

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