Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that lame duck FCC Chair Michael Powell has frowned upon Senator Ted Stevens’ idea of fining cable broadcasters for “indecency” violations. Powell called the potential move “difficult and unwise,” and pointed to a previous Supreme Court ruling that upheld different standards for cable broadcasters.
Kevin Martin, who is widely considered the front-runner for Powell’s seat (or chair, or whatever), is on the record as supporting indecency regulation of cable in lieu of “a la carte” programming (which the broadcasters steadfastly oppose).
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