FCC’s New Indecency Standard

On April 1, just before he exits, as he cleans off his desk, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski dismissed over a million indecency complaints pending before the Commission because they were invalid (most complaining about cable, which is not subject to FCC rules) or stale.  Then, on his own and without public comment, it was also revealed that several months ago he instituted a new “egregious” standard to focus FCC indecency enforcement action, which only now will be open to public comment.  As Harry Cole writes in the CommLawBlog, it’s all very “bizarre” and could have made for a good April Fool’s Day joke, but it wasn’t. Still, if the Parents Television Council calls Genachowski’s action “an outrage,” maybe it’s a good thing after all?