I knew the FCC had approved a ruling to require commercials to have the same average volume as the programs in which they air, but I wasn’t sure what date it took effect because they are still SO LOUD.
Turns out it was December 13, 2012.
I am still constantly turning down the volume during the commercial breaks — what gives? The broadcast TV stations and cable providers were supposed to be in compliance almost two years ago.
Now that I know this, I want to do something about it. Luckily, the FCC does have a process in place.
You can file a complaint online using the form at http://www.fcc.gov/complaints. Click the Complaint button “Broadcast (TV and Radio), Cable, and Satellite Issues,” and then the Category button “Loud Commercials.” This will direct you to file the Form 2000G – Loud Commercial Complaint.
You can also file a complaint by fax to 1-866-418-0232 or by letter mailed to Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries & Complaints Division, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. Heck, you can even call 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).
I just want enough of us to actually complain so they turn the darn things down!