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  • Parents plea with FCC to keep TV's decency rules

    Thousands of people — often describing themselves as parents and grandparents — passionately urged the FCC not to change policy and allow "fleeting" or "isolated" instances of nudity and cursing on public airwaves.


  • ** FILE ** Justin Timberlake reaches across Janet Jackson just before uncovering her right breast during the halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004. (Associated Press)

    TV viewers weary of nudity and obscenity look for decency from FCC nominee

    The future of long-standing government bans on obscenity and nudity on the airwaves soon could become much clearer as President Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday — one day before the public comment period on the policy ends.


  • **FILE** President Obama walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Obama plan would expand Internet access for schools

    President Obama will visit a school in North Carolina Thursday to highlight what aides call a "bold" plan to expand high-speed Internet access to nearly all K-12 schools within five years.


  • Illustration: Family TV by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    MAY: A la carte cable by demand

    Suppose I wish to purchase only the sports page of The Washington Times on the theory that it ought to be priced less than the whole newspaper?


  • "We have made some technical fixes and clarifying edits to the legislative language, but that's it. This is a routine step."

    Sprint deal with Japanese company raises security issues

    Another Dubai Ports-type controversy over the foreign takeover of a sensitive U.S. corporate asset may be steaming into port.


  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    MAY: A historian for the FCC

    Tom Wheeler, President Obama's nominee to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has lots of experience in the communications policy arena.


  • **FILE** FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (Associated Press)

    Thousands slam proposal to relax FCC decency standards

    On April 1, the Federal Communications Commission asked for comment on a proposal to relax its standards on profanity and nudity for radio and network television. Nearly 94,000 public comments have been filed, most of them negative, and 78 traditional-values groups Wednesday released a letter of protest to members of Congress.


  • ** FILE ** Justin Timberlake reaches across Janet Jackson just before uncovering her right breast during the halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004.

    FCC mulls relaxing rules on indecency, obscenity

    The Federal Communications Commission is mulling a change to a policy that, in effect, would open the doors to more obscenity on television and radio.


  • ** FILE ** News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

    EDITORIAL: Let Murdoch be Murdoch

    For those just waking up from a multidecade nap, the world has changed markedly since 1975. Led Zeppelin, Olivia Newton-John and Chicago no longer top the record charts. Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl have joined Hank Williams in the great Opry House in the sky. "Maude," "Columbo" and "Happy Days" no longer rule the nation's television screens.


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