Copps Suggests Voluntary Indecency Code

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Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps suggested Wednesday
that the broadcast and cable industries unite behind a voluntary code to protect
children from indecent programming.

'Rather than going the usual Washington route of legislation, regulation and
adjudication, with the years of suits, countersuits and appeals that this
inevitably generates, broadcasters and cable programmers could adopt a voluntary
code of conduct,' Copps said in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops in Washington, D.C.

In other comments, Democrat commissioner Copps said he would fight attempts
to 'gut' the program that funds low-cost Internet access to schools and
libraries.

He also said he would oppose excessive media concentration.

'The American people have always harbored a deep and healthy distrust of
excessive industrial consolidation, and they have always posted sentinels at the
gate to guard against it. I did not go to the FCC to wave the green flag on the
speedway to further consolidation,' Copps said.

On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed comments with the
FCC urging retention of a rule that bars cable companies from serving more than
30 percent of pay TV subscribers.

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