FCC makes obscenities cheaper

WASHINGTON — It’s still against the rules, but it’s going to cost stations a few thousand dollars less to violate the FCC’s ban on indecent and obscene broadcasts.

Under new guidelines released Monday, the base fine for each indecent or obscene broadcast is $7,000, down from $12,500. And a broadcaster who is caught and convicted of violating the FCC’s rules against loading up kids programming with too many commercials is liable for a $8,000 fine. Cable operators who fail to carry a qualified local broadcast station are liable for $7,500-per-day fine.

More than 50 new penalty rates were published by the FCC Monday. While many fines were lowered, others that involved threats to the public’s safety were raised. For instance, the fine for failing to properly maintain a TV tower was increased from $8,000 per day to $10,000 per day.

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