There's probably nothing more annoying than watching a television program and then getting a blast from a loud commercial. And yet that seems to be the mode today. Luckily, now the U.S. government is going to do something about it. This week, the House Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee passed a bill to be considered by the Commerce Committee that could help lower the volume of broadcast television commercials.
The new Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act (HR 6209) bill will ask the FCC to develop a regulation that prevents any advertisement that goes with a television program from being too noisy, modulation levels higher than the accompanying program, and having an average maximum loudness higher than that of the program.
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